URBANA — A Rantoul man accused of causing the death of an infant in his care is due back in court May 6.
Patrick Kennedy, 35, of the 400 block of East Belle Avenue, was arraigned Friday by Judge Jeff Ford on a single count of first-degree murder alleging that he hit or shook 7-week-old Daniel Lindholm-Wilkins so violently that the child suffered bleeding in the brain that led to his death.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz said that Kennedy, the foster parent to Daniel, called 911 about 5 p.m. on Thursday, on April 17, reporting that the baby was vomiting and unresponsive.
The infant was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital where doctors found injuries that Rietz said were inconsistent with explanations that Kennedy gave for how he could have received them. In addition to bleeding in the brain, Daniel suffered rib fractures on his side, she said.
Daniel died on Wednesday.
Rietz said Kennedy's wife was not home at the time the child was injured. She and Kennedy had been foster parents to the child since his birth because his biological mother was deemed unfit due to an ongoing relationship with a sexual predator. They were also foster parenting Daniel's older sister, who has been moved from their home, Rietz said.
Kennedy was arrested Thursday afternoon. He's being held in lieu of $250,000 bond, meaning he'll have to post $25,000 cash to be released.
Urbana attorney Baku Patel will represent him. Kennedy requested a probable cause hearing.
If convicted of murder, he faces a mandatory prison term of 20 to 60 years.