Man accused of assaulting 12-year-old Cape Girardeau boy moved to Scott Co. Jail due to safety issues, concerns

Man accused of assaulting 12-year-old Cape Girardeau boy moved to Scott Co. Jail due to safety issues, concerns
CJ Moore is accused of punching a 12-year-old boy who was dancing in downtown Cape Girardeau. (Source: Cape Girardeau County Jail)

SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The man accused of assaulting a 12-year-old boy in Cape Girardeau, CJ Moore, turned himself in to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.

Moore was moved from the Cape Girardeau County Jail to the Scott County Jail on Friday, July 10. According to Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson, he was moved due to a combination of safety issues and concerns.

An arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday, July 21.

Moore was charged for allegedly hitting 12-year-old Ethan Hagler while Ethan was dancing with his dance instructor in downtown Cape Girardeau over the weekend.

Stephanie Hagler, Ethan’s mother said, “I feel relieved and ready to start the next process toward justice.”

The attack was caught on Facebook live.

Cape Girardeau Police Officers were able to identify the suspect after viewing video footage of the incident.

UPDATE: Cedric Moore has turned himself in peacefully to the Scott County Sheriff's Office today (July 8, 2020) at...

Posted by Cape Girardeau Police Department on Monday, July 6, 2020

The boy suffered a concussion.

“The Cape Girardeau Police Department hopes that this arrest offers a sense of peace and security to the young victim and his family. Our department would also like to thank the large volume of information we received from the public on Cedric Moore. Your concern for decency and your tips on his whereabouts left this violent suspect with nowhere else to hide and helped to lead to his peaceful surrender.” –Sergeant Joey Hann

Moore was charged with felony assault in the 2nd degree and felony child endangerment in the 1st degree due to the age of the victim and the violence of the act.

His bond has been set at $50,000 cash only.

It has not been filed as a hate crime due to hate crime statute is assault in the 3rd degree, a lower degree of assault than what has been filed.

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