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East St. Louis 5-Month-Old Girl Beaten: Broken Ribs, Cracked Skull, Bulging Eye, Cops Say

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A five-month-old East St. Louis, Illinois, baby girl is clinging to life after she suffered a beating that left her with broken ribs, a cracked skull and a bulging eye, police say.

Formal charges could come today, and a 24-year-old male relative is in custody, police officials say.

The mother of the baby apparently took her to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis on Wednesday night, and it's unclear if she could potentially face charges. As of yesterday, police were still questioning her.

Here's KSDK-TV (Channel 5)'s short segment on the beating, which includes a comment from East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore.

Asked if the mother will be charged, he says, "The mom was around a little bit.... We don't know if mom knew about all this or not, she says she knew a little bit about it. Again, we're still questioning her right now."

Police have not yet released details on how the suspect is related to the baby.

Daily RFT left a message with Floore this morning. We'll update if we hear back.

Police have assigned a juvenile death investigation team to the case, and the baby girl, it appears, remains in very serious condition.

Here are some tweets from a KMOX (1120 AM) reporter at Floore's press conference yesterday. She says that the mother may be homeless.


It's possible that there are "several others" who may have known about the abuse and did not report it. They could face charges as well.

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21 comments
Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker

AND I don't care WHERE they live, or WHAT color they are. If a purple man from Timbuktu beats a baby, BAM, he's history!

Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker

This is absolutely awful, but hey, here's an idea....instead of giving the sick bastards who DO this stuff all kinds of media attention....why not IGNORE THEM? Make it clear that anyone who does this will be summarily executed, and move on. Don't waste our taxes trying to "rehabilitate" anyone who'd harm a baby. Just terminate them. That'll put the brakes on much of this.

Rob Quiason
Rob Quiason

Stories like these are why Facebook needs an 'Dislike' button.

Jeffrey Houska
Jeffrey Houska

I could not show any restraint if I were to confront these people. Anyone that knew about it. No restraint and wall to wall I will make your life hell.

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

if you continue to post this sick shit, I will block news 4

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

david...maybe you should get the education because you clearly can't read.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

did i say crime only happens in black areas? i think i just typed the words "hope and change". i don't think "hope" is a kind of race or color. i don't think "and" is a kind of race or color. and i don't think "change" is a kind of race or color. maybe...just maybe...all of you nuts calling me a racist says more about you than it does me.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Those racist Italian engineers and stuff

David Enders
David Enders

@Mincer and Thomptson,thats right this only happens in black areas. You two are morons. Go get an education.

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

^ i didn't know cars could run FB profiles, are you even a real person? is it a coincidence that you type 'hope and change' when it's strictly black crime? no chance that sweet lambo is a racist, though.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

lmao. wow... i didn't know cars could be racist. that's a new one.

stlsram602000
stlsram602000

Just fricking sicking,feed this fool to the lions..

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

How can anyone inflict harm on a baby? Crazy.

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