GJ man is accused of felony abuse of child

A 23-year-old Grand Junction man is suspected of shaking his 15-month-old child hard enough to cause severe brain damage, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Allen Cohenour, who is accused of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, appeared in Mesa County Court on Tuesday after the Mesa County District Attorney’s office filed a motion requesting his personal-recognizance bond be revoked.

Judge Richard Gurley signed an arrest warrant for Cohenour on April 10, which included the $10,000 personal-recognizance bond. Two days later, the district attorney’s office filed a motion requesting that Cohenour be held without bond until his first court appearance.

“The People further submit that it is highly unusual in this Judicial District for a PR (personal recognizance) bond to be set on a Class 3 Felony Child Abuse case prior to the first court appearance of the defendant,” the motion said. “If convicted of this charge, the defendant faces a mandatory 10 to 32 years in prison.”

Gurley granted the motion on April 14 but listed six reasons why a personal-recognizance bond was initially set, including Cohenour’s cooperation with law enforcement and a perceived minimal risk of him fleeing the charges.

Judge Michael Grattan on Tuesday ordered Cohenour held on a $5,000 cash-only bond.

Cohenour’s 13-page arrest affidavit details an eight-month investigation into how his 3-year-old child ended up in the St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room with a life-threatening brain injury.

Cohenour allegedly told investigators that he shook the child hard enough to cause the injuries because the child stepped on his face and/or groin while he was sleeping, though he later told investigators that he was coerced into telling the story and wanted to recant his confession.

Cohenour also allegedly told other family members that he was going to fail a polygraph test regarding the child’s injuries. According to the report, a polygraph test given to Cohenour about the child’s injuries showed deception.

Cohenour is set to appear in court on Monday.


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