Former Normal pastor child abuse trial continues, doctor claims injuries were not ‘accidental’

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The trial for the former pastor at Normal’s Eastview Christian Church, accused of physically abusing his infant daughter, continued Friday.

Matthew Everly, 26, faces multiple criminal charges for allegedly physically abusing his at-the-time 18-day-old daughter Olivia, back in March. Prosecutors filed 11 charges total, including aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery and reckless conduct.

The charges allege that Everly fractured the infant’s legs and left arm by pulling on them too hard.

The charges were filed in May.

Olivia was just over two weeks old at the time. 

According to The Pantagraph, Pediatric Resource Center medical director Dr. Channing Petrak showed Olivia’s x-ray results in the courtroom Friday. The doctor said she examined Olivia at the time and often acts as a consultant to doctors in suspected child abuse cases. 

The Pantagraph reported that Petrak said the leg fractures came from “a violent twist, a jerk and a yank on the end of the long bones. … It’s not an accidental pulling.”

The trial began Thursday. 

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