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Mount Morris man pleads not guilty in child abuse case

November 22, 2018

OREGON – A Mount Morris man accused of severely physically abusing a 5-month-old girl pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Ogle County Court to six counts of aggravated battery to a child.

If convicted, Shane Wilson, who will turn 20 on Saturday, faces 6 to 30 years on each count. He would be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence, and would have to register as a violent offender against youth.

He is in jail on $500,000 bond. His first pretrial hearing is Dec. 17; he is represented by public defender Dennis Riley.

The baby was admitted to a Rockford hospital on Oct. 30 with a fractured skull and broken ribs, arms, legs, and wrists. She also had cranial bleeding and a collapsed lung, investigators said.

Her condition was not available Thursday.

Wilson is not related to the child, but lives in the same house, Sheriff Brian Van Vickle said.

Wilson, who has a history of domestic abuse, was located around midnight Oct. 31 and jailed on warrants from two previous cases.

He was charged in September 2017 with aggravated battery of a pregnant person and misdemeanor domestic battery; he was sentenced that same month to a year and a half of probation on the misdemeanor.

He was charged in March with aggravated domestic battery, domestic battery and three counts of aggravated battery – for attempting to strangle a different woman – as well as felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor resisting; he pleaded guilty to the aggravated domestic battery charge in June and was sentenced to 2 years’ probation.

The first warrant was issued for failure to pay or appear in the 2017 case, and the other on a petition, filed Aug. 31 to revoke his probation in this year’s case, also for failure to pay or appear.

That petition was amended Nov. 6 to reflect his new charges.

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