A 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend have been charged after police say an 8-month-old boy was bitten, burned with hot water and suffered broken bones, while a 3-year-old girl was so badly neglected she lost weight and hair.
Priscilla Forys, 22, who is their mother, was charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child and contributing to the neglect of a child, police said.
Her boyfriend, Julian Hernandez, 21, was charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor endangering the life and health of a child, police said.
Forys and Hernandez, of the 2300 block of West Grand Avenue, appeared in bond court today and bail for each was set at $750,000.
If they post bail, Cook County Circuit Judge Edward Harmening ordered the couple not to have contact with any minor children.
Hernandez is accused of putting the 8-month baby in a tub Jan. 30 with scalding hot water, causing 3rd degree burns to the knees, stomach and feet of the victim. A similar incident occurred on Dec. 28, police records allege.
Forys not only placed the boy in a tub of hot water, but also bit him with her teeth “while in an angry rage” on at least three occasions, causing permanent scarring, according to police records.
“She became upset with her child on more than one occasion,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Ramon Moore.
In late January, the couple took the child to the hospital after they noticed his upper right leg was swollen, Moore said.
The child was found to be malnourished, suffering from multiple broken bones and severe burning, and permanent scarring, according to officials.
The mother told police that at different times she caused multiple fractures to the baby’s legs and arms, according to a police report.
She “grabbed” the malnourished boy and “viciously’’ bit his legs and arm, causing him to scream, according to a police report.
Additionally, she admitted to burning the 8-month-old boy with hot water, according to the report.
The 3-year-old girl has been “severely neglected,’’ causing her to suffer weight and hair loss, in addition to infections, and to become malnourished, the report said.
Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said their investigation began Jan. 30.
“We are investigating allegations of abuse and neglect against the children’s mother and her boyfriend,’’ Whitelow said.
The children are now in the custody of DCFS and no other children were living in that household, he said.
“DCFS has had no prior contact with the family,’’ Whitelow added.
Both defendants are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Tribune reporter Naomi Nix contributed.
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