Tensions were high Wednesday afternoon when a motion to reduce Joseph Elledge’s $500,000 cash-only bond went before Boone County Associate Circuit Court Judge Tracy Gonzalez.

Elledge, 24, an MU student and the husband of Mengqi Ji Elledge, reported missing on Oct. 9, has been charged with child abuse and neglect of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter. He has been held in the Boone County Jail since his Oct. 25 arrest.

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