CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge Tuesday denied reducing a $10,000 bail for a 19-year-old father accused of causing a head injury to his infant son, which may result in permanent damage.
Matthew Tyler Judd of Marion is charged with child endangerment causing serious injury, according to a criminal complaint. He is accused of squeezing and bruising the baby’s leg on July 9, and, in another incident that day, setting the boy on the floor too fast, causing the child’s head to hit the floor.
Judd’s lawyer Shawn Fitzgerald asked 6th Judicial District Judge Ian Thornhill to reduce Judd’s bail and release him under supervision. Judd has been in jail since October, has no financial means to pay bail, isn’t a flight risk and has no prior convictions, Fitzgerald said.
Assistant Linn County Attorney Rena Schulte asked the judge to leave the bail in place based on the seriousness of the offense. She also noted that Judd was convicted of larceny in 2016 in North Carolina.
Schulte said the Iowa Department of Corrections also doesn’t recommend release based on the nature of the offense. If release is permitted, the department recommended a money bail and maximum conditions, according to a public safety risk assessment.
Thornhill said the bail amount was appropriate based on the seriousness of the offense.
Authorities were called to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in July to investigate the injuries after the child was diagnosed and treated for injuries. The infant had bilateral subdural hematomas — collections of blood outside the brain beneath the skull — that may result in permanent disabilities, the complaint shows. The child also had visible bruising to his right leg. Doctors determined the injuries were not accidental.
During a police interview, Judd admitted he intentionally squeezed the infant’s legs out of frustration and, at different time, he put the infant on the floor too fast causing the infant’s head to strike the floor.
If convicted, Judd faces 10 years in prison.
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