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Jury finds Wyatt man guilty of child abuse, other charges

Jeff Hemphill (Source: Vinelink) Jeff Hemphill (Source: Vinelink)

The Mississippi County prosecuting attorney says a Wyatt, Missouri man has been found guilty of child abuse and various other charges after a jury trial on Friday.

Jeff Hemphill, 27, was found guilty of two counts of assault in the first degree, two counts of child abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, according to Prosecutor Darren Cann.

Cann says the charges stem from incidents in 2011. In late December 2011, Hemphill's three-month-old daughter was seen by a doctor for a lump on her chest.

During the baby's treatment, the doctor discovered that she had multiple fractures. She had a fractured right clavicle, five fractured ribs (Anterior and posterior) and a fractured right femur.

The doctor said the fractures were in varying stages of healing.

During an interview with Officer Brian Bailey of the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team, Hemphill gave conflicting accounts and later gave implicating statements, according to Cann.

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