Monday, June 01, 2020
Probable cause: Joplin man slapped, choked, punched 2-year-old on multiple occasions, made videos of abuse
The child was flown to a Kansas City hospital for treatment.
Brian O'Grodnick, 22, captured the abuse on video, according to the statement.
An arrest warrant was issued for O'Grodnick, who will be held without bond.
The information from the probable cause statement is printed below:
On multiple dates in 2020, Brian O'Grodnick committed the offense of abuse of a child at (an apartment) at 1920 E. 8th Street, Joplin, Jasper County, against a two-year-old child.
On April 20, 2020, O'Grodnick pinches the face of (the child) forcing the corners of his mouth to touch then shoves him by his face.
On April 21, 2020, O'Grodnick again pinches (the child's) face while forcing him to make statements then slaps him in the face.
On April 22, 2020, O'Grodnick chokes (the child) with one hand around his throat while he is made to beg for water.
Also on April 22, 2020, O'Grodnick puts his fist up to (the child's) face lightly two times then on the third time he punches (the child) in the face.
On May 1, 2020, O'Grodnick grabs (the child) by the hair and asks (him) "do you love me" then shoves him.
All of these incidents were discovered on videos on O'Grodnick's cell phone. O'Grodnick admitted to making the videos and performing the abuse against (the child) under Miranda.
In the videos, (the child) is observed to have multiple bruises and scratches on his face and chin and is crying and shaking.
The investigation that led to O'Grodnick's arrest began after officers responded to a call to the apartment at 1900 E. 8th Sunday morning.
The Joplin Police Department issued the following news release this morning:
On May 31st, 2020 at approximately 9:32 A.M. Officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to the 1900 block of East 8th St. for a 2-year-old male child not conscious and not breathing.
Responding officers started life saving measures upon arrival. The child was transported to a local hospital where he was later transported to Kansas City, MO for treatment.