UPDATE: Father Indicted for Allegedly Abusing Infant Son

UPDATE 8/5/14
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Meigs County father indicted on charges he abused his 5-month-old son will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing later this month.

Last month, Thaddeus Bumgardner, 32, of Middleport, was indicted on one count of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children.

Bumgardner was arrested in late June after his son, Lincoln, was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital with bruising and injuries consistent with abuse.

Bumgardner was arraigned on the charges and posted. His trial is set for October.

UPDATE 6/26/14 @ 6:20 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Meigs County baby is in the hospital fighting for his life. His father is now facing charges.

Investigators said Lincoln Bumgardner, just 5 months old, had several bruises and injuries consistent with abuse.

His mother said he's unresponsive and in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

She said he was airlifted Monday, with injuries so severe, he could be blind or disabled the rest of his life. But the overwhelming fear in her heart is he may not leave the hospital alive.

"All you want to do is pick him up and tell him it's going to be okay, that mommy's here and she loves you, she loves you more than anything. That's my baby, that's my baby," said Lincoln's mother, Amber Burton.

Burton is filled with heartache, waiting for her son, 5-month-old Lincoln Bumgardner, to wake up.

"He's unresponsive and in critical condition, but if they pinch him if the nurses pinch him he responds to the pain. They said it's like he's in a light coma," Burton said.

Meigs County Sheriff's officials said little Lincoln was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital, with bruising and injuries consistent with abuse.

His mother said it appears he was shaken and struck repeatedly.

She also said he's had 15 seizures since he arrived at the hospital.

His father, Thaddeus Bumgardner, 32, was arrested Tuesday on felonious assault charges.

"When it's someone that can't defend themselves, it becomes more attention drawing too, because the child being involved in this, and we have not had anything of recent, this serious," said Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.

Bumgardner was arraigned Wednesday, but is out on his own recognizance, though investigators and the prosecuting attorney didn't recommend it.

For now, little Lincoln is surrounded by his family, holding out hope and praying for his recovery.

"The happiest baby in the world, like he was good, he was great, you couldn't ask for a more perfect child than what he is and I don't care if my baby is blind, deaf, mute, mentally handicapped as long as my baby is alive that's all I care about," said Burton.

Police searched Bumgardner's home looking for evidence in the case.

WSAZ.com visited his home Thursday for his side of the story, but he was not there.

The sheriff said they're still not sure how long abuse could have been taking place.

For now, the family said they're just focused on Lincoln's recovery and said he's got a long way to go.

If Thaddeus Bumgardner is convicted of the assault charge, Meigs County Sheriff's officials said he could face two to eight years behind bars.

WSAZ.com also checked with Meigs County Court officials and found Bumgardner did not have an extensive criminal history before this case.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates on this story.

ORIGINAL STORY 6/26/14 @ 10:26 a.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A father has been arrested and charged with abusing his 5-month-old son.

Sheriff Keith Wood says Thaddeus Bumgardner, 32, of Middleport, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felonious assault.

Wood says the baby was flown to the hospital with severe bruising and injuries consistent with abuse.

The baby’s mother, Amber Burton, tells WSAZ.com that her son, Lincoln, is unresponsive and in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

The Sheriff says Bumgardner was released on his own recognizance, against the recommendation of the Prosecuting Attorney’s office during his arraignment Wednesday in Meigs County Court.

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