Charges have been filed against a 21-year-old teacher’s aide who is accused of critically injuring his 1-year-old daughter by slamming her to the ground in a fit of rage and trying to bite several police officers Sunday night at his Logan Square home, police said.
Julian Alequin, of the 2800 block of North Spaulding Avenue, was charged with aggravated battery to a child, a felony, according to a police statement. He was also charged with domestic battery, misdemeanor charges of assault and resisting arrest, the statement said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Alequin told police he works as a teacher's aide at a Maywood school, according to a police report. The school’s director did not return a call seeking comment.
The child remains in critical condition at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She suffered a fractured skull and brain contusions, police said.
Neighbors in the 2800 block of North Spaulding Avenue called police around 10:50 p.m. Sunday to report an argument. Police arrived and found the man had punched the child's mother and slammed the baby to the ground by her feet, according to police. The man was believed to be high on amphetamines, police said.
The man tried to bite responding police, who hit him with an "open hand" and arrested him.
He was taken into custody after being taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center to be treated for self-inflicted wounds, police said.
The 24-year-old mother did not require hospitalization, police said.
According to a police report, officers were called to a battery in progress and spoke with the 24-year-old woman who told them she was fighting with Alequin who began punching the bathroom mirror saying, “I’m going to die.’’
The woman, who is the mother of their injured child, tried to calm him down but he grew increasingly violent, hitting her and then saying: ”We are all going to die,’’ the report said.
He grabbed their child out of her crib by holding her ankles, lifted her in the air, and slammed her into the floor, causing serious head injuries, the report said. The woman fled with the unresponsive, visibly injured child to a second floor apartment where paramedics were called.
Officers got to the scene and tried to place Alequin into custody but he tried to run away, struggled with them and, kicked and tried to bite the officers, according to the report.