Teen parents charged in death
of Bridgeport infant
The parents of a 3-month-old Bridgeport infant boy were charged
Sunday morning after the baby died Thursday from blunt force trauma caused by child abuse.
April Bainter and Joel Ballard,
both 18 and of the 900 block of West 32nd Place, were charged with one count each of aggravated battery of a child and endangering
the life of a child, according to a police News Affairs statement.
They are scheduled to appear in court later Sunday.
The News Affairs statement said the
baby, Joel Bainter, was taken to Mercy Hospital on Sept. 8 after he suffered multiple fractures to the ribs and a fracture
to the skull. He was then relocated to Children's Memorial Hospital.
Joel was pronounced dead at Children’s
Memorial Hospital at 9 a.m. Thursday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.
An autopsy on Friday found
Joel died of multiple injuries from blunt force trauma caused by child abuse and his death was ruled a homicide, according
to the medical examiner's office.
DCFS is investigating allegations of abuse against both Joel’s mother and
father, agency spokesman Kendall Marlowe said. DCFS has not had prior contact with the family and there are no other children
in the home, Marlowe said.
Wentworth Area detectives are also investigating.
Josh Troeckler arrested
for alleged child abuse
IL (KSDK) -- A 35-year-old Metro East man was arrested Monday and charged for allegedly beating his
infant daughter and causing serious injuries.
According to Edwardsville Police Chief James S. Bedell, officers
were called to St. Louis Children's Hospital on the night of August 23 in response to a suspected child abuse case. After
an initial investigation, officers learned the three-month-old sustained several fractured ribs and injuries to her skull.
The girl was originally taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville and later brought to St. Louis Children's Hospital
for additional treatment.
Bedell said police believe girl's father, Josh D. Troeckler, inflicted the injuries on
the girl inside their home. Authorities obtained a warrant for aggravated battery on August 27.
Troeckler was located
and arrested by the St. Louis County Police Department and is being held pending extradition to Madison County, where he'll
be incarcerated on $250,000 bond.
Mom's boyfriend charged
in murder of South Side baby
A man who has a history of battery arrests has been charged with the murder of a 17-month-old South Side baby boy who
died of multiple blunt force trauma early Saturday in the South Shore neighborhood.
The suspect has also been charged
with abusing the boy's 3-year-old brother.
was also charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery for the alleged abuse of the baby's 3-year-old brother,
according to the release which said Thomas is expected to appear in Cook County Criminal Court later Monday.
was arrested Saturday at 11:40 a.m. at Calumet Area detective division, 727 E. 111 St. after he turned himself in telling
police he allegedly hit Jamar, police said.
Thomas has a criminal history that includes arrests for unlawful use of
a weapon and misdemeanor battery.
Jamar became unresponsive at his home at 7135 S. Yates Blvd. and was pronounced dead
at 2:07 a.m. Saturday at University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical
Jamar died of multiple blunt force trauma and child abuse, according to an autopsy completed
Saturday by the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.
Sources said Thomas watching the baby
and called 911 after the baby allegedly fell down the stairs. The boy had bruising on his abdomen area and also bruising on
his arms and a cut to the mouth, sources said.
Officers responded to the hospital at 1:46 a.m.
The Illinois Department
of Children and Families Services is investigating allegations of abuse and neglect, although they have not had prior contact
with the family. Another child in the home is now in the care of relatives, DCFS spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said.The other
child is Jamar’s 3-year-old brother, police said.
Police believe there were multiple instances of abuse to the
child, including punching.
The mother -- who is pregnant with the man’s child -- was at work at the time of the
incident and is cooperating
Victim(s): Duncan Connelly (6 years) and Jack Connelly (4 years)
Date of Death: March 2009
killed sons in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation. Mother had extensive involvment with the courts trying to prevent
contact with father.
Father: CHIDI ESI
Victim(s): Nathan Esi (19
Date of Death: Oct. 2009
Father accused of drowning son Nathan Esi during visitation.
Man Accused of Killing Family
The man told police he had been hearing voices that told him to
bring his family to Allah.
CHICAGO -- A man arrested after
a woman and three children, including an infant and a toddler, were found shot to death in a Chicago home told police voices
encouraged him to kill his family and he was sorry he had run out of bullets, a person close to the investigation told The
Those killed inside a brick home on the city's southwest side early Wednesday included the
suspected gunman's wife, his 7-month-old son and his two nieces, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to discuss the investigation. A woman and a teenage boy also were wounded and remained hospitalized.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead as: 7-month-old Jahad Larry, 3-year-old Kelesha
Larry, 16-year-old Keyshai Fields and 19-year-old Tawana Thompson Larry.
A man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death and critically wounded his infant son in a jealous rage was
denied bail today.
McKerry Coleman, 19, of the 7700 block of South Marshfield Avenue, is charged with the murder of
Tanisha Edwards, 18, and the attempted murder of his 2-month-old son, who remains in critical condition at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, authorities said.
On Monday evening, Coleman was with his son and Edwards in her apartment
in the 6700 block of South Evans Avenue when they began to argue over her decision to break up with him, Assistant State's
Atty. Kevin Deboni told Circuit Judge Jackie Portman at Coleman's bond hearing.
Coleman was holding his son when "he became enraged because he thought [Edwards] was talking to another man"
on the telephone, Deboni said. "At that point the defendant put the baby on the kitchen table and stabbed (him) in the
side of the neck with a knife."
Coleman dropped the child to the floor and attacked Edwards, choking her
and throwing her to the floor before stabbing her, Deboni said. Edward's brothers ran from the apartment and enlisted
the help of several neighbors who called 911.
When officers arrived, Coleman was still stabbing Edwards, Deboni said.
When they ordered him to stop, Coleman picked up a large serving fork and threatened them before fleeing on foot.
died at Stroger Hospital that night, and Coleman turned himself into police the following day. Deboni said Coleman confessed
to killing his girlfriend and cutting his son's throat.
$250K Bond For Man Charged With Infant Abuse
Updated: Saturday, 05 Dec
2009, 4:16 PM CST
Published : Saturday, 05 Dec 2009, 4:16 PM CST
Southwest Side man was ordered on $250,000 bond Saturday after being charged with child abuse. Police said he violently shook
his 3-month-old son, causing internal injuries to the infant.
Matthew G. Candler, 23, of the 7200 block of South Spaulding
Avenue was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery to a child on Friday, according to a news release from News
Judge Israel Desierto set bond at $250,000 Saturday, and a preliminary hearing was set for 1 p.m. on Dec. 11
in Domestic Violence Court (Br. 64), according to a court spokeswoman.
Police said Candler violently shook his 3-month-old
son several times between Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.
On Nov. 23, the baby’s mother saw that he had trouble breathing
and took him to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was transferred to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and tests revealed
the injuries were consistent with abuse. Hospital staff then contact the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services,
the news release said.
DCFS is investigating allegations of abuse, department spokesman Kendall Marlowe said. DCFS has
had no prior contact with the family, he said.
The infant victim has been taken into protective custody, along with
two other children in the household, Marlowe said.
The victim in this
case applied for protection to leave with her child, but was ordered to counseling with her killer.
Peoria mother, daughter died from gunshot wounds
by Mike Watkiss
Posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:20
Updated yesterday at 4:54 PM
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 19
PEORIA — According to the
County Medical Examiner’s Office, Dawn Axsom and her mother, Lisa Braden, suffered gunshot wounds. Their deaths have
been ruled homicides.
The office also says Gabriel Schwartz shot and killed himself.
— The Peoria Police Department is investigating the deaths of three adults near 75th Avenue and Cholla Street.
Axsom, 26, lives at the home with her 2-year-old son and mother, Lisa Braden, 56.
Axsom did not show up for work Friday
morning and co-workers became concerned.
Axsom reportedly has had ongoing problems with her estranged boyfriend, Gabriel
Schwartz, 28. She had filed an order of protection against him last month.
The couple had also been fighting over custody
and child support of their son.
One of her co-workers lived a few houses down and went to Axsom’s home to check
on her. She heard the child crying, but no one answered the door.
When police arrived they found Axsom, Braden and Schwartz
dead. The child was unharmed.
|Death of 11-month-old
was caused by child abuse|
-- An 11-month-old girl in the Altgeld Gardens area died from multiple injuries resulting from child abuse and her death was
a homicide, a Tuesday autopsy determined.|
DaJae Guy of E. 132nd St. was pronounced dead at Children’s
Memorial Hospital at 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokesman.
possibly suffered broken ribs and head trauma, according to the spokesman. An autopsy Tuesday showed she died from multiple
injuries and blunt-force trauma resulting from child abuse, according to a report from the medical examiner's office.
Sometime Saturday afternoon or evening, the baby was taken from the home of her mother’s boyfriend at 325 E.
132nd St. to Children's Memorial, according to police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines.
Children’s Memorial alerted Chicago Police, who initiated an investigation at the boyfriend’s residence to see whether abuse was involved.
Gaines said Tuesday that several people
were being questioned as part of the investigation, but as of about 2 p.m. no charges had been filed.
Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Kendall Marlowe said the agency is investigating abuse allegations against
the boyfriend of the baby's mother.
The suspected abuser had been investigated for abuse in 2007 involving
a different family, Marlowe said. The abuse allegations in 2007 were proven true, he said.
Calumet Area detectives
2, by Lola Dahl, Illinois
On April 15,2009, we received the horrible news that my nephew's 18-month old daughter Halli Rose Burton
was murdered. Her mothers boyfriend who she met online 2 months ago and moved in with 2 days before he beat little Halli to
death. He is being held in Will County Jail in Joliet, Illinois. Halli brought a smile to everyone,she was a beautiful little
girl. The mother has not been arrested although she was in the house. She stood by and did not seek medical treatment for
Halli even though she is an R.N. Both of them should be punished. The law in Illinois needs to be changed also. Little Aaron
will be in my prayers with little Halli. They will never be forgotten.
This is in respomse to our petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/enhancedpunishmentforparentswhomurder
Suburban man who killed daughter gets 100 years in prison
Lisa Willson fought back tears Thursday
as she described the anguish caused by the murder of her 8-yearold daughter, Lauren.
Her ex-husband, Neil Lofquist,
who had just pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing their daughter, stared blankly ahead on the other side of the DuPage
“As a mother, there are no words adequate enough to express the agony and pain I have suffered
through the loss of Lauren,” Willson said.“To have someone within my very own family, someone I vowed to love,
honor and cherish, commit such a horrific act against his own flesh and blood, is unimaginable."
In a plea deal,
Lofquist was sentenced to 100 years in prison after admitting that he choked, drowned and stabbed his oldest child in 2006
in the family’s Clarendon Hills home.
The hefty sentence imposed on Lofquist, 44, “ensures that he will
never see another day of freedom as long as he lives,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett said.
Lofquist could have faced a possible death sentence if he had been convicted of murdering Lauren. Authorities allege
Lofquist sexually assaulted his daughter twice in the days before she was slain.
Defense attorneys argued Lofquist
suffered from schizophrenia at the time of the slaying and believed his daughter was possessed by evil and had to die —
or else the world would end. “He thought he was saving the world,” said DuPage County Assistant Public Defender
Jeff York, who disputed the sexual-assault allegations.
Orland Park toddler
killed: Aunt denied bail in beating death of girl, 2
An Orland Park woman was ordered held without bail Tuesday on murder charges in the beating death of her 2-year-old
Nour Hadid, 26, was taken into custody Sunday night after the girl, Bhia Hadid, was taken to Palos Community
Hospital in Palos Heights from their home in the 9000 block of West 140th Street. Bhia was unconscious and covered with bruises,
police said. The official cause of the toddler's death was listed as blunt force trauma to the brain and kidneys.
Emergency room physicians estimated she had suffered 55 bruises to her body over a period of at least four days, prosecutors
said at Hadid's bail hearing before Cook County Judge William Kunkle in the Bridgeview courthouse.
Assistant State's Atty. Debra Lawler
said the child was beaten repeatedly with wooden spoons and battered by Hadid, who was upset that her husband had accused
her of taking money he had hidden in the house.
30, 2009 (WLS) -- McLean County authorities say Michael Connolly and his two young sons have been found
dead in rural Putnam County.
VIDEO: Father, two boys found dead
Nine-year-old Duncan and 7-year-old Jack were the focus of an Amber Alert issued earlier this month. The three-week-old search ended in tragedy about 100 miles
south of Chicago.
Michael Connolly, 40, failed to return the boys to their mother - his ex-wife -
on Sunday, March 8. Initially, investigators thought Connolly might be in the Chicago area where his relatives live
in southwest suburban Oak Lawn.
But now, authorities say they found bodies matching the descriptions of the two missing Leroy, Illinois, brothers and
cancelled the Amber Alert.
Authorities say the children's bodies were found Sunday inside a car registered
to Michael Connolly. Police happened upon the 1991 Dodge Dynasty after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle in a secluded
area. At around 6 p.m. Sunday, investigators examined the vehicle and found two deceased boys in the back seat area. The body
of a man matching Michael Connolly's description was found about 60 feet west of the car. Autopsies have been scheduled.
sheriff has not said if there were any obvious signs of trauma or if a weapon was recovered.
On the day that
the boys disappeared, there was a restraining order in place against Michael Connolly because authorities say he continued
to harass his ex-wife. The two had divorced in 2007 after 13 years of marriage.
The Chicago-area family of
the two missing brothers had pleaded with the boys' father to bring them home.
"We love the boys so
much. We want them back. We want everybody back. We want our family back together," said Joyce Connolly, Michael Connolly's
The boys' mother, Amy Leichtenberg, said she warned a judge her ex-husband might take off with the
"I told him he was a flight risk. My attorney told him he was a flight risk. Nobody believed
me," said Leichtenberg.
Police had said there was reason to be worried about the boys.
are concerned because we've had some incidents in the past with Mr. Connolly that indicate he is not a stable individual
and that he makes verbal threats towards himself, the children and his ex-wife," Chief Gordon Beck, LeRoy Police Department,
said during the search.
"He has always told me, cause I took the kids from him, that I would suffer just
like he did," said Leichtenberg.
Charges in slayings of Curry's ex-girlfriend, child
had stalked Henry in the past, and she had taken out an emergency order of protection against him, but had not made it permanent,
CHICAGO - Authorities have charged
an attorney with the slayings of the former girlfriend and infant daughter of New York Knicks center Eddy Curry.
Frederick Goings, 36, a former boyfriend of victim Nova Henry, has been charged with two counts of first-degree
murder, authorities said. Police have forensic and surveillance evidence against him, they said.
Henry, 24, and
Curry, a former Chicago Bull, had two children together - a 3-year-old boy who was in Henry's home at the time of her
death and Ava Curry, who was killed along with her mother. In addition to having a "domestic relationship" with
Henry, Goings also acted as her attorney, Det. Lt. Denis Walsh said in a news conference yesterday.
acted as Henry's attorney in a legal dispute with Curry, according to court records.
Henry and her daughter were found shot to death in her South Loop town house Jan. 24 after family members
visited the home because they could not reach Henry by phone, police said.
Police would not describe the dispute
that led to the killing beyond that it was domestic in nature. And police would not say whether Goings meant to kill Ava Curry.
"The baby was shot. Whether his intention was to shoot the baby is for someone else to decide," Walsh said.
An arrest warrant for Goings was issued Friday, and he was arrested just after 10 p.m. He was arrested without incident,
but "He has not cooperated with authorities," Walsh said.
Police have forensic evidence and surveillance
video linking Goings to the crime scene, Walsh said. Authorities would not elaborate beyond saying that they have DNA evidence
in the case.
Aurora baby died of child abuse
January 14, 2009
The Cook County Medical Examiner has determined
that a 5-month-old Aurora girl died of child abuse.
A Cook County Medical Examiner's office spokesman identified
the infant as Julyssa Chavez, of the 1000 block of Terrace Lake Drive. The girl was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical
Center in Maywood at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday.
(A spokesman for the DuPage County state's attorney's office spelled
the victim's name as Yulissa and said she was 6-months-old.)
The medical examiner's office ruled the death a
homicide. According to the medical examiner's report, the primary cause of death was multiple injuries, the secondary
cause blunt trauma and the third cause was listed as child abuse.
A relative of the girl was in custody on Tuesday.
The DuPage County state's attorney's office did not return calls Wednesday to say whether the man was still in custody
or had been charged.
The state's attorney's office would not provide information about where the baby died or
what might have happened to her. The baby is believed to have died from being shaken or thrown by a relative.
Marlowe, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, said two other children have been removed
from the home, and were taken into the care of relatives.
Marlowe said the agency has had no prior contact with the
family, but is investigating the death.
According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, more than 300 babies
a year die in the United States from being shaken.
Mary Wroblewski, director of women's health at Rush-Copley Medical
Center in Aurora, said Wednesday she has seen a much greater awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome over her 30 years in the health
"I think in my younger days, we didn't even know that it existed," she said. "There's
just so much out there on this issue (now)."
It is mandated that all mothers watch a video or consult with a doctor
about child abuse before taking their child home for the first time. A recent state law mandates that any time an infant less
than 1-year-old is brought to a pediatrician, the doctor must ask questions about post-partum depression and whether they
have thoughts about harming themselves or their children.
Mother held down 9 year old for a pedophile to satisfy his pleasurer applead her sentence
Dec. 19, 2006— A
federal appeals court threw out the 10-year prison sentence of a woman who rented her 9-year-old daughter to an Illinois pedophile
more than 200 times, saying the punishment was too lenient.
The woman often held the girl down in their home
while Joe J. Champion of Granite City, Ill., molested her, according to court documents. Champion typically paid the mother
The Associated Press is not naming the woman to protect her daughter's identity.
"The factors of
this case are no less than horrifying," Judge William Jay Riley wrote in the unanimous opinion released Monday by the
a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals.
Champion pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The woman, convicted in 2003 of aggravated sexual abuse and conspiring with Champion to help him molest the girl, was sentenced
to 17 1/2 years in prison - the minimum provided under sentencing guidelines.
She appealed, and an 8th Circuit panel
of judges sent the case back to U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw, saying he might have given her a lighter sentence if
he'd known he wasn't bound by the guidelines.
Shaw then sentenced the woman to 10 years, saying mental problems
and drug addiction had influenced her behavior. The judge also noted that she'd taken parenting classes, had vocational
training and gotten her GED while in prison.
The judge said he did not believe the woman posed a danger to the public
and was unlikely to repeat the actions, according to court documents.
Prosecutors appealed that sentence, claiming it
was too light and the judge's reasoning was flawed.
The appeals judges disagreed. They found that the woman's
efforts to rehabilitate herself neither "lessen the horrendous treatment" of her daughter, nor indicate that she
wouldn't again offer her daughter to an abuser for money.
Kevin Schriener, the woman's attorney, said Tuesday
he would ask for a rehearing of the appeal.
|Rest In Peace