SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month for a Springfield man accused of badly beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.
John Albert is charged with assault and child abuse for the alleged attack in late June. A friend of the family tells Ky3 news, doctors at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City are trying to stabilize the toddler after removing most of his colon.
The boy suffered broken ribs and a lacerated spleen