Jail disturbance leads to charge

Sunday, September 18, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:07 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Columbia man accused of abusing his baby daughter was charged Thursday with second-degree assault in connection with an altercation in the Boone County Jail last month.

Shaetwyn Allen, 24, was in the jail and awaiting trial on a charge of felony child abuse at the time of the alleged assault, Boone County Prosecutor Richard Hicks said. He was released on Aug. 26 after posting a $50,000 bond.

Hicks would not disclose details about the incident in the jail. According to court documents, the incident occurred Aug. 15.

Allen was charged with felony child abuse Aug. 8 after he brought his 2-month-old daughter, Denim Allen, to University Hospital with a skull fracture, two broken arms and three broken ribs. He told police he had dropped his daughter after slipping on a wet floor at his home.

Police said they found inconsistencies in Allen’s story because hospital staff said the broken bones were found to have occurred at different times, based on healing patterns.

Deborah Scott of the Missouri Department of Social Services said she could not comment on Denim Allen’s custody status because the case is pending. Scott said in all cases of abuse or neglect that involve arrests, children are removed and protected in accordance with the children’s division’s “safety plan.”

Hicks said Shaetwyn Allen’s mother, Diana Jackson, has said the injuries to her granddaughter were not due to abuse, but a brittle-bone condition. Bone tests were conducted at the request of Denim Allen’s family, Hicks said. Results of the tests were not yet available.

The latest felony charge was Allen’s fourth — in addition to five misdemeanors — in the past seven years. He has been previously sentenced to more than four years and seven months in jail in connection with assault, tampering and stealing charges.

Allen’s preliminary hearing on the charge of child abuse is set for Oct. 11 at the Boone County Courthouse.

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