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Waukegan woman, 19, charged with aggravated battery to her 6-month old

Authorities say a 19-year-old Waukegan mother, angry because her 6-month-old baby wouldn’t go to sleep, beat the child severely enough to cause fractures, lacerations and bruising all over her body.

Yaritza Vargas, of the 0-100 block of Victory, brought the baby to Victory East Memorial Hospital in Waukegan early on the morning of July 7, with a report of vaginal bleeding, prosecutors said.  Hospital officials noticed that the baby suffered from multiple injuries and transferred her to Children’s Hospital of Chicago, authorities said.

Prosecutors say Children’s Hospital doctors discovered that her injuries included lacerations to the vagina, which required surgery; a fracture to the right upper arm; a right leg fracture; a spiral and oblique fracture; a bruise on the left hand; a front retinal hemorrhage to the right eye; bruising to the nose and shoulders; possible fractured foot; and a popped blood vessel in right ear.

Vargas told police that she was the sole caregiver of the child, officials said. She said she was frustrated and angry when the baby wouldn’t sleep, according to prosecutors. She had grabbed and twisted the baby’s arm and leg, she told police, according to prosecutors.

Vargas was arrested later on July 7 and charged with aggravated battery to a child – a class X felony. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Her attorney Julio Argueta, today asked for the bond to be lowered to $50,000, which Judge Raymond Collins denied. Argueta then asked to be removed from the case and asked for a public defender to be appointed.

Collins asked Vargas if she worked and she said she did not.

“How do you support yourself?” Collins asked.

“My dad supports me,” she responded.     

Collins appointed a public defender.

Vargas is due back in court on Aug. 13.

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