Authorities investigate alleged abuse against West Town children

Tribune reporter

State child welfare authorities are investigating after police said 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.
Their 22-year-old mother and her 21-year-old boyfriend, both of the 2300 block of West Grand Avenue, were being questioned Thursday, but no charges have been filed, authorities said.
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.
It was not immediately clear when the injuries occurred or where, but 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.

No charges have been filed as of late Thursday morning, according to Lisa Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

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