Handcuffed Suspect

Story by Caitlin Doornbos, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

A 20-year-old Eudora man pleaded no contest Thursday to two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the abuse of two children under the age of 1.

Michael Radice poured “extremely hot water” on a child’s head and face on the morning of Nov. 8, 2013, Assistant District Attorney Mark Simpson said in court Thursday. The child was admitted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., for treatment, Simpson said.

Radice’s then-girlfriend was babysitting the child in Eudora that morning. Radice had taken over supervision of the child at the time of the abuse, Simpson said.

The second charge stems from a July 10 incident in which a seven-week-old child under Radice’s care suffered a fractured femur and chips to both anklebones, Simpson said.

The victim’s mother and grandmother said they took the child to the emergency room after discovering the injuries. Simpson said the hospital determined the injuries to be “very certain signs of child abuse.”

Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin denied Radice’s request to be released on his own recognizance.

“Until this matter can be dealt with at sentencing, Mr. Radice should not be around children,” Martin said.

Radice is being held in the Douglas County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His sentencing is set Sept. 23.

The charges against him call for a presumptive sentence of probation.

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