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Judge denies reduced bond in Elledge child abuse case

A Boone County judge on Tuesday denied a reduced bond for Joseph Elledge.

Elledge, 24, is the Columbia student facing felony child abuse charges for allegedly hitting his one-year-old daughter so hard she bruised.

Prosecutors say he’s also the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Mengqi Ji Elledge. She has been missing since early October. Joseph has not been charged in her disappearance.

Joseph Elledge remains in Boone County Jail on a $500,000 bond. The parents of Joseph and Mengqi Ji Elledge agreed to split custody of the little girl for now.

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