La Grange man taken into custody after child abuse investigation
LEWIS COUNTY, Mo. —
A northern Missouri man was taken into custody as the result of a child abuse investigation.
According to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, on Friday, the La Grange Police Department received information that a two-year-old child had been taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois, for treatment of severe injuries.
The La Grange Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Quincy Police Department began an investigation into potential child abuse. The NEMO Drug Task Force also assisted.
Marcus Mays, 34, of La Grange, was identified as a suspect and pursuant to a search warrant issued by the Associate Circuit Court, a search of his residence was conducted.
Several items related to endangering the welfare of a child and possession of controlled substances were found in his La Grange trailer. Because of that, a warrant for his arrest was sought by the La Grange Police Department and Lewis County Assistant Prosecutor Corey Moon.
Mays was then taken into custody by members of the Quincy Police Department because that is where he was located at the time the warrant was received.
He remains in custody at the Adams County Jail on one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree - a class D felony, and one count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) a class D felony. Bond has been set at $100,000 cash only.
Mays will be returned to Lewis County pending extradition from the state of Illinois.
The child remains in critical condition.