SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a heart-breaking story hundreds of you have responded to on our Facebook page, the images of a Spokane child abuse victim with both her arms and one of her legs wrapped in casts after they were allegedly broken by her mom's boyfriend. The man accused was later released on an unusually--and unintentionally--low bond.
A typographical error made it all to easy for the suspect to get out of jail.
It appears that someone unintentionally dropped a zero when processing Cedric Burton's paperwork, setting his bond at $25,000, instead of a quarter million.
By the time the mistake was noticed, someone had already bailed Burton out of jail.
Doctors and nurses at Providence Sacred Heart see it all the time. A single mom leaves her young children with her new boyfriend, someone with no biological ties to the kids, and the unwilling babysitter becomes violent.
Andrew Walker, the child's biological father, was heartbroken upon hearing the news. “They said he took her to go get candy of some sort and then about 30 minutes later it was reported that she couldn't walk.”
Cedric Burton denies hurting Jayonna but surveillance video from the motel where the child and her mom were staying shows Jayonna walking just fine when she leaves with Burton, but unable to stand when Burton brought her back.
“Then I later found out that she had four broken bones: two wrists, a femur, and a leg,” said Walker.
A Deputy Prosecutor then asked the court for a warrant so police could arrest Burton and requested that when he was taken into custody that Burton be held on a quarter million dollar bond.
However, when a judge authorized the warrant, someone dropped a zero on the paperwork and the warrant was issued for $25,000.
Because a different Deputy Prosecutor attended Burton's initial appearance, no one realized a mistake had been made and Burton bonded out of jail.
The good news is, Burton has been showing up for all his court appearances, and the child seems to be recovering.
Walker said of his daughter's current condition, “she is making great progress. She's actually ahead of schedule on healing. She is trying to move around a little more but her body still hurts.”
A gofundme account that Walker set up for his daughter has grown to over $5,000.