An Illinois woman was charged after attempting to suffocate a 6-year-old boy last month because he was crying, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said.
Detectives arrested Julie Espinosa, 58, of Stickney Township on Tuesday, March 14, and charged her with one felony count of aggravated battery of a child.
On Feb. 27, detectives responded to an elementary school in Burbank, Illinois after school officials reported a possible incident of child abuse.
Detectives said they learned that the young boy’s caregiver, Espinosa, attempted to suffocate the boy by allegedly placing a pillow over his face because he was crying. Once the pillow was removed, the boy vomited, police said.
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Officials from the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services placed the victim and his minor siblings in the care of a relative.
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Espinosa is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Wednesday at the Bridgeview Courthouse.