10 years for Palatine man who injured 4-month-old son

Special to the Tribune

A Palatine man who Cook County prosecutors said flew into a fit of rage when his 4-month-old son wouldn’t stop crying was sentenced to 10 years in prison for seriously injuring the infant.

Jonathan Willard, 31, of the 1900 block of Cambridge Court, pleaded guilty in Rolling Meadows branch Court Wednesday to aggravated battery to a child less than 13 years of age. Under the special Class X felony, Judge Joel Greenblatt could have sentenced Willard to up to 30 years in prison.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Gerber said Willard shoved a baby bottle into the infant’s mouth with such force that it injured the boy’s tongue. When the infant continued to cry, Willard yanked him by the arms out of a stroller, breaking several ribs and causing bruising to the brain, Gerber said.

The boy was taken to Northwest Community Hospital where staff notified authorities. Willard admitted to authorities that he caused the injuries, Gerber said. The incident occurred in June, 2012.

Willard will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence. He has no prior record, Gerber said. The infant is expected to make a full recovery, the prosecutor said.

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