Hearing is Thursday for local man charged with Chester child’s death

Jamison Gleason
Kenneth M. Falkenhein

Just a day after Christmas, an area man was charged in connection with the death of a very young child in Chester.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office reported that Kenneth M. Falkenhein, 26, had been arrested on Dec. 26 for involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment causing death. Both are Class 3 felonies. Falkenhein is listed as from Red Bud, which is where he was residing at the time of his arrest, but he formerly resided in both Steeleville and Chester. 

Falkenhein’s bond was set at $35,000. He was listed as released from the Randolph County Jail on Jan. 2 after posting $3,500, which is the required 10 percent of the bond amount.

Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker elaborated that the charges stem from the death of three month old Jamison Gleason of Chester on May 1, 2018.

He noted that the pathologist conducting Gleason’s autopsy had some concerns that the information about the child’s death given by his caregiver did not match up with the autopsy results. So a second doctor was called in to examine the case.

The results came back in October. “Based upon that, for sure what the caregiver said didn’t match up,” Walker said. He then noted that additional research was made on the case, leading to the arrest of Falkenhein in December.

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