A Meredosia man will be spending multiple years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in Morgan County Court to aggravated domestic battery charges.
In addition to being sentenced to 4 ½ years in the IDOC, 29-year-old Darin Morrell received a two year mandatory supervised release and fines adding up to $590.
Morrell was arrested on November 17th after causing a severe injury to a nine-month-old girl. Deputies were called to a home in Shady Acres Mobile Home Park to assist Meredosia EMS after the infant suffered an unexplained injury to the back of the head.
The girl spent nearly a month in the hospital.
An aggravated battery of a child charge was dismissed during the plea deal. Morgan County State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean explains why the Class X felony charge was dropped.
“After reviewing the case with the victim’s mother, she made several requests, based on the fact that the minor that was injured has made a substantial recovery from the injuries,” says Bonjean.
“The victim’s mother was addressing issues of potential probation and I explained this wasn’t appropriate for probation. We found the aggravated domestic battery, while not as serious as the Class X, still involves Morrell serving 85 percent of his sentence.”
Bonjean says Morrell’s criminal history, the evidence from the case and recovery of the victim led to an appropriate sentence.