Man convicted of aggravated battery to child dismisses defamation suit

A man convicted in January on four counts of aggravated battery to a child has voluntarily dismissed his defamation suit against Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and another individual for statements they made on TV and social media regarding the case. Kamryn Kerr filed the lawsuit on Sept. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court against Gibbons and Peggy Wethington. Wethington is the mother of the child. Read More »

Belleville school district seeks to dismiss suit alleging disabled boy fell down stairs

The Belleville school district claims the boy’s mother failed to show it had a duty to supervise the boy who allegedly wandered off in a gait trainer and fell down the stairs. Rachael Rodowich, as mother of minor Leonard Joseph Rodowick IV, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 10 against Belleville School District No. 118 and the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative. According to the complaint, the boy was attending school in Belleville in a special needs class on May 12 while using a gait trainer. Read More »