Melton Pleads Not Guilty to Child Abuse Charge
A Hannibal man pleads not guilty to child abuse charges Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court.
24-year-old Eugene Melton entered the plea before Judge Frederick Tucker, assigned to the case after Melton’s attorney requested a change of judge.
Melton is charged with abuse or neglect of a child. He is accused of shaking, biting and throwing his three-month-old son across a room in December of 2014. The infant suffered a broken leg, bite marks and a brain bleed.
Melton’s attorney also was granted a change of venue, so the next court date is December 10 in Shelby County Circuit Court.
Melton is in the Marion County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond.