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URBANA — A Champaign man was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges related to the death of his infant son last month.

Jaytwon Mobley, 20, was charged with aggravated battery to a child, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment for allegedly causing injuries to Kendall Mobley-Spicer on Jan. 18 that led to his death two days later.

Judge Heidi Ladd set Mobley's bond at $2 million. He is due in arraignment court Friday.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said that Mobley, who listed an address in the 1000 block of West Bradley Avenue, was home alone caring for the 4-month-old on that Friday. The child's mother returned home from work and noticed the baby was breathing strangely and appeared very tired. The baby was awake and crying, Clark said.

An ambulance was called and the infant was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where a CT scan revealed serious brain injuries, including bleeding and swelling. The baby was later transferred to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where he died Jan. 20.

Clark said on that day, Mobley gave a statement to Champaign police in which he said he was holding the baby in his arms while trying to open a broken door. Mobley told police that the child "lunged" from his arms and hit his head on the door.

The case has been under investigation since the baby's death. Police sought the warrant for Mobley's arrest Thursday.

Clark said Mobley has no prior convictions.

Of the charges filed Thursday, aggravated battery to a child is the most serious. Conviction of it carries a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years.

Involuntary manslaughter, the unintentional killing of a person by acts that the person commits recklessly and knows are likely to cause death or great bodily harm, is a Class 2 felony. Child endangerment is a Class 3 felony.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).