Woman, 19, charged after infant hospitalized with head injuries

Tribune reporter

Aggravated battery charges have been filed against a Northbrook woman after a Mount Prospect baby was hospitalized for head injuries, police said.

Tamara L. Nelson, 19, of the 2300 block of White Oak Drive in Northbrook, was charged Monday with aggravated battery of a child, according to Mount Prospect police.

On Sunday, authorities were notified of the baby’s head injuries after the child’s mother brought the baby to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The child was has since been released, police said.

Nelson is not related to the child, authorities said. In a release, police said the baby “was being watched and was under the immediate care of Ms. Nelson when the injuries occurred.”

Mount Prospect Police Officer Greg Sill declined to describe the nature of the child’s injuries, citing an ongoing investigation.

Sill said the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has been notified of the incident. He said Mount Prospect police did not previously have contact with the baby's family.

According to police, Nelson was ordered held on $20,000 bond and is expected in court Jan. 17.

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