Parents charged with child abuse after 5-month-old suffers multiple broken bones

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A man and woman from Miami County, Kan., appeared in Johnson County court on Friday, answering charges of child abuse. One family member tells Fox 4 the child in question is a five-month-old baby who suffered multiple broken bones.

The police reports say the abuse happened while Jay Creson and Heather Stookey were living in Gardner. The family member says she can't imagine the parents abusing their child, even though, according to court records, one of them is a registered sex offender.

Stookey's sister, Amy Mitchell, said the baby was taken from the family home in Gardner to Children's Mercy Hospital in November of 2014 where examiners found three broken ribs, three broken fingers and a fractured arm. Mitchell said the injuries were in various states of healing. The baby is now in state-ordered foster care.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation records show Creson as being a registered sex offender.  Stookey asked a judge for a reduced bond in order to attend reintegration classes, meant to bring the baby to its family home, but the judge said no.

Both Creson and Stookey are due back in court next Thursday morning. A spokesperson from the county attorney's office said it will be up to a judge to determine what penalties they face.