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Three arrested in connection with child's injuries

John Cornelius John Cornelius
Jessie Waddell Jessie Waddell
Wanda Macks Wanda Macks

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Three people have been arrested and charged in connection of a severe beating of a five-year-old Jasper County child.

According to a spokesperson with the Jasper County Jail, John Cornelius, 24, and father of the child, is charged with the felony crime of injury to a child. Also arrested are Jessie Waddell, 26, the father's girlfriend, charged with the misdemeanor charge of failure to report and Wanda Macks, 54, who is Waddell's mother, with the same charge.

According to Sheriff Mitchell Newman, the child was transported by helicopter to a Houston hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Medical personnel are doing bone tests to the child to see if he's had any prior breaks.

Bond for Cornelius is set at $500,000, while bond for Waddell and Macks was set at $40,000 each.

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