Hermann man charged after toddlers found severely abused, had meth in system

Hoyt Stemme was charged in connection with a severe child abuse investigation in Hermann. (Hermann Police Department)

A second suspect has been charged in a case out of Hermann involving severe child abuse.

Court documents stated 37-year-old Hoyt Stemme, of Hermann, was charged with two counts of child abuse. The Hermann Police Department arrested Stemme Thursday, and he bonded out at the police department, according to Chief Marlon Walker.

Twin toddlers had been found with various injuries when a police officer conducted a welfare check at a residence in the 500 block of East 7th Street July 3. Both twins were eventually taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital, as they were suffering from serious eye infections, resulting in swollen eyes. The court document stated had the eyes not been treated, the injury could have led to permanent blindness.

The children had been in direct custody of Jamie Wolf, who was later charged with five counts of child abuse or neglect.

A probable cause statement alleged Stemme was also in charge of the children's care and custody, and he was the primary resident of the location in which the abuse was said to have happened. Stemme was Wolf's boyfriend, according to the document.

Both children also had numerous unexplained bruises, scars and hematomas on their bodies, the document stated.

One of the twin children was suffering from a fractured pelvis, which was already about two weeks into its healing phase. The children were admitted into the hospital, and the toddler with the fractured pelvis was taken to the intensive care unit for her injuries. A physician stated her condition was so severe that death was a possibility, according to the probable cause statement.

The twins then tested positive for having methamphetamine in their system, the document stated.

The report filed by a Hermann Police Department officer stated Stemme "failed to provide the care reasonable and necessary to maintain the physical health and wellbeing of the children despite obvious ailments and both physical and serious physical injury the children exhibited."

Stemme was released from custody Thursday on a $250,000 bond. He has been scheduled for an arraignment hearing Sept. 12.

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