Runge Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To 8 Years In DOC

A Keyesport woman has pleaded guilty in Bond County Circuit Court to aggravated battery of a child which resulted in injury to an infant.

Faith Runge, age 20, appeared in court last week and withdrew her previous not guilty plea, waived her right to a trial by jury and admitted to the offense. Pursuant to plea negotiations, Runge was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

She must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

Upon completion of the prison term, she will be on mandatory supervised release for three years.

A second count of felony aggravated battery of a child was dismissed by the state as part of the plea negotiations.

It was alleged by the state the defendant shook the baby with her hands, causing the child’s head to move back and forth, resulting in brain damage to the baby, which was born on October 13, 2020.

On December 1, 2020, the Bond County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis about an infant female who was being treated for head and chest injuries which medical personnel felt were suspicious in nature.

The case was then investigated, leading to charges being filed against Runge.

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