Being charged with violent crimes can be overwhelming for most people. One of the most overwhelming violent crimes to be charged with is murder since it has life-changing consequences. An 8-month-old baby died, and a 28-year-old Illinois man has been accused of her murder.
The man was the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother, and initially, he was a person of interest. In the recent month, an arrest warrant was issued by the state attorney’s office in Cass County. At the time he was charged with murder, he was already in the county jail for a charge of child endangerment. Police say that an autopsy was performed on the baby, and it was determined that there were third degree burns and injuries linked with blunt force trauma.
In addition to being charged with murder, the man was also charged with aggravated battery to a child. He’s being held at the county jail on a $5 million bond. No other information about this case was reported.
It’s not known how the man will plea, but he may benefit by focusing on his rights throughout the criminal process in Illinois. Just because someone is formally charged with violent crimes does not mean they are guilty. That can only occur if prosecutors can actually obtain a conviction in court based upon relevant evidence that meets an intentionally stringent measure of proof. Defendants charged with murder or any other crime have the right to fight the charges before an impartial jury, and a formal plea of not guilty places the burden of proving the accusations in the hands of government prosecutors.
Source: wqad.com, “Live-in boyfriend charged with murder of Illinois baby“, Katrina Lamansky, Nov. 19, 2014