Thursday, June 04, 2020
Bond reduction hearing set for Joplin man charged with four counts of felony child abuse
The bond hearing was scheduled after Judge Joseph Hensley denied a request for a reduction in bond. O'Grodnick is being held in the Jasper County Jail on no bond.
During the hearing, O'Grodnick indicated he intends to apply for a public defender.
O'Grodnick allegedly abused Jameson Long, 2, four times.
Joplin Police Department officers arrested O'Grodnick following an investigation that began with a call to a home at the 1900 block of E. 8th Sunday about a child who was not conscious and was not breathing.
The charges against O'Grodnick all involve earlier abuse incidents that included the Joplin man slapping, choking and punching the boy and recording the incidents on video that was discovered on O'Grodnick's phone.