Man charged for injuries to infant

Man charged for injuries to infant

UPDATED 5:15 p.m. Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police Wednesday arrested a man accused of causing serious injury to an infant earlier this month.

Sgt. Dave Griffet said police had information that led them to Dwayne S. Williams, 20, who listed an address in the 2400 block of North Neil Street, Champaign.

Williams was wanted for aggravated battery to a child. The charge alleges that on Nov. 2, he grabbed his two-month-old daughter in a manner that caused her to bleed from the mouth.

Champaign police and firefighters responded to a medical call at that apartment that day. Griffet said doctors concluded that the injury the girl suffered was likely caused by a person.

Griffet said police interviewed the child's mother and other witnesses, leading them to collect enough information to obtain a warrant for Williams' arrest.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the child's esophagus was crushed, she sustained a bruise to her heart, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

She said Williams, who had been drinking with the child's mother, admitted that he had picked her up and "squeezed too hard."

The infant and an older sibling are currently in the protective custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, Rietz said.

Judge Richard Klaus issued a warrant for Williams' arrest on Nov. 9. Bond has been set at $250,000.

Police had been looking for him since then and found him at the apartment Wednesday morning. He cooperated with police, Griffet said.

The offense is a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.

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