A 3-month-old boy injured at a Chicago Heights home this week died in a child abuse homicide, and authorities are investigating his parents for allegations of abuse, authorities said today.
Aaron Sweatt, of the 200 block of Arcadia Avenue in Park Forest, was injured in an incident believed to have taken place at a home in the 1600 block of Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Sweatt's death was ruled a child abuse homicide today by the office, which found he died of multiple injuries from blunt force trauma.
Chicago Heights Police would not release information on whether anyone is being questioned in Aaron's death, but Jimmie Whitelow, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, said today that Aaron's mother and father were both being investigated for allegations of child abuse.
On Thursday at 11:55 a.m., Chicago Heights police received a call from DCFS about a 3-month-old boy who was being treated for injuries at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, according to a police news release.
The baby suffered from multiple rib fractures and hemorrhaging in the brain, the sergeant said.
Aaron was pronounced dead at 12:17 p.m. Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Although Aaron's parents are being investigated in his death, DCFS has had no prior contact with the infant's family, Whitelow said. Another child in the couple's home has been placed with relatives, Whitelow said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun