The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 26, 2013

Jury convicts man of felony child abuse

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — After a two-day trial, a Jasper County jury on Tuesday found Dustin Snow guilty of felony child abuse and recommended a two-year sentence.

A sentencing assessment report has been ordered and formal sentencing is set for Aug. 30.

Snow, 27, of Lafayette, was living at 2024 S. Pennsylvania Ave. on Aug 10, 2010, with his girlfriend, her 15-month-old child and an older sibling. The children were in the care of Snow at the time.

According to a probable-cause affadavit, while in Snow’s care “the baby received cruel and inhumane punishment.”

The child sustained bruises to his left eye, extreme swelling to the left side and the back of the head, as well as bruises to the exterior and interior of both ears. The swelling was so bad, in fact, that it was feared the child would suffer brain damage and the victim was airlifted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Dr. Terra Frazier of Children’s Mercy, stated in the affadavit that the victim’s injuries were consistent with child abuse.

According to the affadavit, Snow told investigators that he had gone outside to smoke and that when he returned the 15-month-old victim was lying down in bed, and he suspected the victim’s 3-year-old sister had pushed him off the couch.