WAUKEGAN, Illinois -- A man who took a needle and thread to his sons buttocks accepted a plea deal that will keep him out of prison.
Randy Swopes, 52, will be put on 24-months probation and have to do 250 hours of public service, NBC Chicago reports.
The incident took place in 2008 when his son who suffers from Crohn's disease was 14 years old.
Crohn's is an autoimmune disorder that causes one's own immune system to destroy healthy tissue.
Those afflicted can suffer from fever and gastrointestinal tract problems.
Swopes' son was suffering from a fistula, an abnormal connection between an organ and another structure.
Instead of taking his son to the hospital, Swopes opted to sew it shut himself.
The incident resulted in an infection that put the teenage in the hospital for almost a month, said the report.
Assistant States Attorney Danielle Pascucci told the Lake County News-Sun that Swopes accepting the plea is not a direct admission of guilt, but admitting there is enough evidence to convict.
Swopes could have faced up to five years in prison.