Lebanon Reporter

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January 10, 2014

Lebanon man accused of injuring son

Police have accused a Lebanon man of causing “extreme injuries” to his son during a domestic quarrel on Jan. 4.

Kyle Eugene Cody, 34, 1700 block of Geri Drive, could be sentenced to two to eight years in prison if convicted of class C felony criminal confinement, the most serious of the three charges filed against him in Boone Superior Court I.

He is also charged with strangulation and battery resulting in bodily injury, both class D felonies, which carry sentences of six months to three years.

Cody is held in the Boone County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Lebanon Police Officer Bryan Spencer said officers were sent to the Cody home about 9:42 p.m., after an anonymous 911 call about an argument.

Cody’s wife told police her husband was drunk and “going crazy inside,” Spencer said in an incident report filed with the court.

Spencer said, “it was apparent that someone did indeed destroy a lot of items in the home.” Doors had been kicked off hinges, a bookcase knocked over, and a TV broken .

Police told Mrs. Cody they could not force her husband to leave his residence, and asked if she would like to pack a bag for her children and spend the night with friends. She agreed.

After getting her daughter ready to leave, however, Mrs. Cody came running into the living room carrying her youngest son, saying “something is wrong.”“I noticed that (the victim) had extreme injuries to his forehead, the whole entire right side of his face, and to his neck,” Spencer said. He asked the child who had hurt him, and the boy replied, “daddy.”The child said he was in trouble for “messing with the heater.”He told Spencer he was struck several times.

The child said he was lifted choked and pushed against a wall, lifted “higher than the bunk bed”; he was then dropped, Spencer said.

Boone County EMS paramedics were called and took the boy to Witham Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Cody, who was found in a bedroom, told Spencer he “was just trying to go to sleep.”Judge Matthew Kincaid on Jan. 8 appointed Heather Shumaker Cody’s pauper counsel, entered a preliminary plea of not guilty, and set a jury trial for 8:30 a.m. May 19.

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