Adam Duncan, 29, has been held without bond since the Joplin Police Department arrested him December 6.
Duncan's girlfriend, Haley Kaitlynn Simpson, 26, Joplin, was also arrested on two felony counts of child abuse.
Online court records indicate Simpson, who was initially held on no bond, had her bond reduced to $10,000 and is no longer in the Jasper County Jail.
Hensley reduced Simpson's bond after her attorney Angela Acree said Simpson would lose her job if she remained behind bars any longer and noted that the primary abuse had allegedly been committed by Duncan. Acree noted that Simpson "has ties to the local community and is not a flight risk.'
In his decision, Hensley pointed out since there was a pending juvenile case involving the abuse and neglect of the child, that professionals and law enforcement would be monitoring Simpson.
Under the conditions of her bond, Simpson is to have no contact with Duncan or with any child under 18.
Duncan and Simpson were arrested after the Joplin Police Department received a call from a local hospital about an abused four-year-old.
The alleged crime is described in the probable cause statement:
While living with his girlfriend, Haley Simpson, Adam Duncan spanked Simpson's four-year-old son as punishment for failing to use the toilet.
During this time, Simpson and Duncan both spanked (the child) with a bare hand to (the child's) bare skin. (The child) suffered finger-shaped bruises to his buttocks and waistline from the spankings.
Further, on December 5, 2018, Adam Duncan committed the crime of abuse of a child. During this instance, Duncan physically struck (the child's) head with his hand multiple times causing serious bleeding to the right side of his head. (The child) also had serious bruising to the back of his hands and thighs caused by physical abuse.