EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – A five-month-old girl is in critical condition after what East St. Louis Police are calling an extreme case of child abuse.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Michael Floore described the injuries that he says might end the girl’s life.
“The five-month-old child had severe bruises to the head, neck, and eyes. The doctor further told us that the baby had a skull fracture,” Floore explained.
The child is in critical condition at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. She was taken there by her mother, 24, who is homeless.
According to police, the baby’s caregiver, a 25-year-old man, is in custody but no charges have been filed yet. Floore says there is a possibility the man will be charged tomorrow, along with several others who may have known about or seen the abuse and didn’t report it.
A Juvenile Death Investigation team has been activated to investigate the case.