The father of one of two young children found with bruises after police responded to a disturbance in the East Chatham neighborhood has been charged with domestic battery, authorities said.
Edwin Anderson, 28, was expected to appear in Domestic Violence Court for a bond hearing after police found a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy with visible injuries at Anderson's home in the 8200 block of South Ellis Avenue, police said.
Officers were called to the home in the 8200 block of South Ellis Avenue around 9 p.m. Monday, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said. A neighbor reported possible child abuse at the home, police said. Officers found four children, 4 years and younger, in the home. Two of them had bruises, Greer said.
Anderson fled the home out a back door before police arrived. Officers found the boy had brusing and welts, and the girl also showed marks, police said. Anderson was arrested when he returned, and police confiscated a black leather beltbelieved used to inflict the injuries.
All four children were taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, where they were listed in good condition. The children, three girls and a boy, range in age from 6 months to 4 years old, Greer said.
The children's mother was questioned by police but not charged, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of child abuse against a man who is the boyfriend of the children's mother, DCFS spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said today. The mother is being investigated on allegations of neglect, he said.
No booking photo of Anderson was released because he wsa charged with a misdemeanor. Unlike most misdemansors, all domestic battery charges in Chicago, however, require a detendants's appearance for a bond hearing.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed