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Former Kansas inmate charged in baby abuse case

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 7:59 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 11:52 p.m.

A man accused of causing significant brain injuries to an infant last week faces a single count of aggravated battery, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Xavier A. Hardin, 37, made his first appearance in District Court on Tuesday for a formal reading of the charge, district attorney spokeswoman Georgia Cole said Tuesday. Hardin, who served a prison term in a 1995 murder case, is suspected of abusing the 10-week-old girl last week.

The infant underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her brain after her mother took her to Wesley Medical Center on Oct. 15 with suspected injuries. She is expected to survive, police have said.

Hardin was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Oct. 18, jail records show. He is held on $250,000 bond on the battery charge and $100,000 bond for criminal possession of a firearm, which violates his probation.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 6, Cole said.

Hardin was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison for the 1995 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Chad Young, a former Wichita East High School homecoming king. Hardin, then 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after turning himself in. The teens had argued over a woman, culminating in Young’s death.

Hardin was released in February 2006 after his sentence expired, Kansas Department of Correction records show.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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