Brandon Hill

A St. Clair man was sentenced to five years in prison last week after he pleaded guilty to Class C felony child abuse.

According to reports, Brandon C. Hill, 24, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury in connection with an incident that occurred in August 2008 when St. Clair Police officers and emergency responders were dispatched to an apartment at 125 Crescent Lake Road in reference to an unresponsive child.

St. Clair Police reports stated that officers arrived at the apartment at 3:08 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2008, and found Hill with a 20-month-old boy who was lying unconscious on the floor. The toddler was transported by air ambulance to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where surgery was required because of head injuries.

Hill allegedly told police at the scene that he was watching the boy, who was his girlfriend’s child. Reports stated Hill said the child collapsed to the floor and became unresponsive, so he called 911.

An investigation revealed that the child had obvious signs of physical abuse. A medical report indicated that the boy had suffered severe head trauma on the day in question that was not consistent with a fall or accident.

Bond was set at $25,000.

On March 3, Hill pleaded guilty to the felony child abuse charges and was sentenced to the five-year term that will be served in a Missouri Department of Corrections facility.

Hill also pleaded guilty to two counts of felony forgery. Those charges stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 25, 2013, when a 57-year-old woman from St. Louis reported to St. Clair Police that someone had taken checks from her residence and that two of them were cashed at the Country Mart grocery store in St. Clair.

An investigation revealed that Hill had received the stolen checks from another individual and forged and cashed them on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 last year.

Both checks were written for about $50.

Hill was sentenced to five years in prison on those felony charges as well, and that term will be served concurrently with the child abuse charge, reports indicated.