17-year-old Lockport Man Charged with Murdering a 7-week-old Infant
Jonathan Karlson, 17, Lockport, is in Will County Jail accused of shaking a Homer Glen infant, who later died of her injuries.
The Offices of the Will County Sheriff along with the Will County State's Attorney have upgraded charges against Jonathan Karlson, 17, Lockport, from aggravated battery to murder. In light of a Cook County Medical Examiner's ruling that the cause of death was a homicide.
Karlson was arrested Dec. 7 in connection with the infant's death. According the Will County Sheriff's report, the night before his arrest, Karlson was babysitting for the infant while her 18-year-old mother was at work. He is accused of shaking 7-week-old Aliyah Gedminas, causing head trauma.
Will County Sheriff's police say, "Karlson and the infant's mother were en-route to Silver Cross Hospital on (Dec. 6) as a result of the baby being reportedly unresponsive. While en-route, the infant's condition worsened and emergency personnel responded."
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Police were contacted "after it was noted that the infant body displayed signs of child abuse. The infant was later transferred to Lurie Children's Hospital," where she died from her injuries.
Karlson remains in Will County Jail. Bond is set at $2 million. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 2.
According to a SunTimesMedia story, Karlson and the baby's mother had been dating. Click here for more details on the couple's relationship.
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