|Eric J. Hicks (mug shot JCSO)|
Authorities in Joplin say a toddler was found dead in his crib after being left home alone by his mother's boyfriend who went to an appointment at a methadone clinic.
It's not clear yet whether 18-month-old Emjay Corn was dead or in some sort of medical distress when 28 year-old Eric J. Hicks returned after being gone for about an hour on Saturday (10-29-11).
Cpl. Chuck Niess said HIPPA (medical) laws prevent him from divulging where the little boy's mother, Nichole Hall, 32, was at the time of her son's death. However, sources say Hall was in a mental hospital at the time her little boy died.
|Emjay Corn (courtesy of Pam Oakes-Corn)|
Niess said an autopsy on the boy was performed yesterday in Columbia, "We're still waiting on the autopsy reports to determine a cause of death," Niess said
Hicks, who has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, is being held in the Jasper County jail on $10,000 bond.
Hicks has been released from jail after posting bond.