Bond set in alleged domestic incident involving children

A $50,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Jefferson County man who allegedly beat a 1-year-old child in the face and struck another child in the face on a previous occasion.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jesse Baggett, 32, with two counts of second-degree domestic battery.

Baggett was arrested Sunday, a day after sheriff’s deputies were sent to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in response to a report of child abuse.

According to an affidavit from Sheriff’s Investigator Rick Conyers, the mother of the infant boy believed Baggett, who was identified as her boyfriend, was responsible.

She told deputies she had gone to a neighbor’s house and left Baggett to watch the infant and a 3-year-old girl, and when she returned about 15 minutes later, saw that a group of what were described as “hard toys” were piled on top of the infant.

Conyers said in the affidavit the infant’s left eye was swollen shut and his face was covered in blood, and the mother took him to the emergency room for treatment.

The 3-year-old told deputies that Baggett had “hit her brother in the face,” and the mother said the 3-year-old had previously been injured and had a cut on her face that was caused by Baggett.

Conyers said in the affidavit he asked the girl how Baggett had hit her brother and the girl made a fist and acted like she was punching something.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Baggett to have no contact with the mother or the two children until the case is settled.