Father accused of shoving fingers down infant’s throat to stop him from crying

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (CNN) – This is likely one of the worst cases of infant abuse that police in Missouri  have ever dealt with.

It all began Friday with a six week old doing what babies do, cry.

Police say the infant’s father Robert Burnette couldn’t deal with the crying so he shoved his fingers down the baby’s tiny throat trying to reach the boy’s larynx to stop the crying.

Police say they got these details from the child’s mother, Megan Hendricks, who investigators say stood by and watched and made no attempt to stop the abuse.

Court records also state Burnette also threw the baby onto a bed, violently shook him and picked him up by the back of the neck.

The abuse happened at the couple’s apartment in Wentzville.

A roommate living with the couple also witnessed the abuse but has not been charged.

The baby, identified only as J.B. is hospitalized at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital with a number of critical injuries, including broken bones, possible liver contusions and bleeding on the brain.

Doctors don’t expect the child to survive.  If he does he will have severe physical and mental disabilities.

Both parents gave been charged with abuse, neglect and causing serious emotional or physical injury.

The father is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond. The mother’s cash-only bond is set at $250,000.

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