A young Morton man allegedly broke a toddler’s leg in half by twisting it after he repeatedly banged her head against a wall and a freezer last month.

Kahlus Adams, 20, also broke the 18-month-old girl’s arm and began his assault by throwing a sippy cup of juice at her because she was crying, according to the charges.

Each of the three Class X charges of aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

They were filed as a Tazewell County grand jury indictment last Thursday. Adams has posted a $10,000 cash bond for his release pending prosecution.

The child was hospitalized for several days with the injuries that also included a subdural hematoma, or bleeding in the brain, and facial abrasions and bruises, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

Adams is accused of battering the girl while watching her and her siblings for their parents, with his wife’s help, on Aug. 11 in his home at 110 W. Lakeland Road, Apt. 305.

The couple picked the children up early that morning. By mid-morning, their parents were notified that their young girl was at a Peoria hospital with an injury to her leg, the affidavit stated.

Adams and his wife told detectives at the hospital that the child had been limping when she was picked up, a claim the parents denied. “However, they also stated (the child) fell off a couch at their residence” while Adams’ wife was not home, the affidavit stated.

A doctor told the detectives that story could not account for the number and severity of the toddler’s injuries. Confronted with that report, Adams acknowledged he assaulted the girl out of anger at her crying, the affidavit stated.

After he threw the filled sippy cup at her face, he said he picked the child up by her arms and feet, swung her around and threw her into the air and onto the floor, causing her head to strike a wall at least four times, the affidavit stated. He also said he let go as he swung her, causing her head to strike a freezer.

When the girl began “shaking severely,” he grabbed her leg and twisted it, according to the affidavit. The doctor said the girl’s femur was broken in half.

Adams, who has no prior felony record in Tazewell County, is next due in court Wednesday for his arraignment on the charges.

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