Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Murder charges filed against Joplin man for death of abused three-year-old; no bond allowed
Judge Joseph A. Hensley ruled that Valdez, whose bond had been set at $150,000, will be held without bond.
Valdez also faces the original charge of child abuse or neglect. He pleaded not guilty to that charge during a video arraignment this morning in Jasper County Circuit Court.
The three-year-old was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City after he suffered brain injuries, facial bruising and a laceration at his home at 1502 S. Michigan Avenue November 10.
The boy died 22 days after the Joplin Police Department arrested Valdez for domestic assault at the same addres, 1502 S. Michigan Avenue, where police say the child abuse took place. The victim was the boy's mother, Natasha Michelle Bilbrey, 22, according to the JPD incident report.
The next hearing will be held 9 a.m. December 13.