First degree murder charges filed against caregiver in death of Round Lake Beach child – Cardinal News

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First degree murder suspect Tracy D. Thomas, Jr. (SOURCE: Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office).

(Lake County, IL) – Today, March 9, 2022, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed first degree murder charges against Tracy D. Thomas Jr. following the death of child he physically assaulted on Friday, February 25.

On Thursday, February 24, 2022, prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Thomas and filed Class X felony charges of aggravated child battery and aggravated household battery. The case was opened after Round Lake Beach police were called to a local hospital after the 6-year-old boy was admitted with injuries earlier in the week.

On the morning of Friday, February 25, the Honorable Judge Christopher Lombardo set bail at $500,000 on the charges of aggravated child battery and aggravated household battery. Thomas did not post cash bond between February 25 and today.

The murder charges were filed after the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office received information from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office that the autopsy revealed multiple injuries from an assault.

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric F. Rinehart said, “I would like to thank the Round Lake Beach Police Department detectives and forensic investigators and victims’ advocates at the Children’s Advocacy Center for their diligent work in this heartbreaking case.

He continued, “For the second time this year, our county is reeling from the murder of a child. Rage can never justify evil – period. Our office will not hesitate to prosecute parents and caregivers who abuse children. Our office will also continue to advocate for victims’ rights in the legislature and in the courts, and to support policies that address the root causes of crime.

Authorities are not releasing the child’s name at this time.

Tracy Thomas had previously only been charged with unrelated misdemeanors in Illinois and Georgia.

Thomas is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday March 10 at 10 a.m.

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