Bond was reduced for a local man accused of abusing a five-week-old child Thursday.
Charles Justin Wiggins, 27, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse on Oct. 19 after Cookeville Regional Medical Center notified that the infant had been brought into their facility with serious injuries. His bond, originally set at $500,000, was reduced to $100,000 after a hearing in front of Judge Bratten Cook II in General sessions Court. He will appear in court again on Nov. 12.
The arrest warrant on the first charge alleges that: "At approximately 4 a.m. on Monday, October 19 at his Cooper Street residence, Wiggins did knowingly treat a five-week-old boy in a manner as to inflict serious bodily injury. Wiggins stated that he squeezed the child's ribs and bounced the child aggressively enough to cause the child serious injury."
The warrant on the second charge alleges that: "At approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, October 19 at his residence, Wiggins did knowingly treat a five week old boy in a manner as to inflict serious bodily injury. Mr. Wiggins did state that he did pick the child up and squeeze his ribs and slammed him down aggressively into the crib causing the child's head to bounce. Mr. Wiggins stated he pressed down on both the child's legs and felt them break."
"On Monday, October 19 at approximately 6:07 p.m., Cookeville Regional Medical Center contacted Smithville Police in regards to an infant that was severely injured and had been brought into their facility for treatment. The injury was believed to have occurred in the jurisdiction of the City of Smithville," Smithville Police Captain Steven Leffew said at the time of Wiggins’ arrest.
"Lieutenant Matt Holmes and Sergeant Brad Tatrow responded and upon arrival spoke with medical staff who advised that the infant had sustained obvious severe injuries,” Leffew continued. “Officers quickly developed Charles J. Wiggins as a suspect and upon investigation Smithville Police arrested Wiggins for two counts of aggravated child abuse. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway and investigators from his office as well as the Department of Children Services responded to the scene."
Police said Wiggins is an acquaintance of the child's mother.