Colona man pleads guilty to battery; gets 4 years — (Dispatch Argus)

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Dispatch Argus

Posted: Sept. 16, 2013, 5:45 pm

By Lisa Hammer,

As part of a plea agreement, a Colona man pleaded guilty to Class 3 felony battery in Henry County Circuit Court on Monday, admitting to battering his infant son.

Shea Blumenshein, 26, was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by one year of mandatory supervised release. He is eligible for day-for-day credit. He also must pay a fine of $7,500, which will be paid from his bond.

In exchange for his plea before Judge Ted Hamer, a charge of Class X felony aggravated battery of a child was dismissed.

State’s Attorney Terry Patton said Mr. Blumenshein told Agent Ryan Tone, of the Illinois State Police, that he was watching his son after taking an antidepressant, smoking marijuana and drinking two beers, and the child was whining and restless.

He told Agent Tone his son’s head hit the metal rod under the cushion, and he started crying, and he and the baby’s mother took him to the hospital.

The child was about 2 months old at the time and now is a ward of the Department of Children and Family Services, according to Mr. Patton.