A New Boston man’s pre-trial conference has been continued again in a child abuse case. 27 year old Bradley Clark made a brief appearance in Mercer County Circuit Court this morning with the matter continued to August 21st. He faces a Class X felony aggravated battery count accusing him of squeezing a three-month old infant and causing the child’s ribs to become broken at the spine. Clark was arrested in May following an investigation by the New Boston Police Department with assistance from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He remains in the Mercer County Jail on $500,000 bond.