Police: Arrest in beating death of infant boy

Tribune reporter

Police have arrested a relative in the beating death of a 3-month-old baby, authorities said.

Officers and paramedics were called about 3:41 p.m. on Aug. 22 to a home on the 1100 block of West 88th Street for a call of an unresponsive baby, police said.

When they arrived, the child's grandmother was performing CPR on the baby. She told police her son was playing an Xbox game when he noticed the baby was limp on the couch. He told the grandmother that he had just finished feeding the baby four ounces of cereal, police said.

He then brought the baby upstairs to the child's grandmother and she performed CPR until the paramedics arrived, police said.

The child's mother was attending classes.

The baby, Tayshaun Dyson, was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers, where doctors found he had bleeding to his skull and a bruise on his abdomen, police said.

The baby was transferred to Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

An autopsy revealed Tayshaun died of a closed head injury from child abuse and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

Wednesday afternoon, a relative of the baby was arrested in the 8900 block of South Troop Street, the home address listed for the child by the medical examiner's office.

Police said this afternoon that charges were pending.

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