Illinois man, Martin Alvarado Jr., beat a toddler boy to death for urinating on him during a diaper change, Cicero police claim. The 23-year-old man allegedly beat his girlfriend’s 18-month-old son, Edwin Eli O’Reilly, with his fist multiple times until the toddler was no longer breathing.
Martin Alvarado Jr. was arrested by Illinois police and is being held without bail on first-degree murder charges. Alvarado was reportedly babysitting Edwin O’Reilly on Thursday when the baby urinated on him during a diaper change. Cicero emergency medical responders and the police responded to a call at the home regarding an unresponsive child. The first responders rushed the 18-month-old boy to the MacNeal Hospital in Berywn, where he ultimately was pronounced dead.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s report indicates that the Illinois toddler suffered multiple blunt force trauma and ruled the death a homicide. Martin Alvarado Jr. reportedly confessed to the killing when questioned by the Cicero police.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services agency “had prior contact with the family” according to statements made by a spokesperson, but would not reveal any details regarding why child welfare workers visited the home. An older child was reportedly removed form the home by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after Alvarado beat the toddler to death for urinating on him during a diaper change.
Martin Alvarado Jr. was reportedly scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a bond hearing, but the proceeding was delayed after the accused child killer allegedly trashed his cell overnight. When Alvarado did ultimately make his first court appearance in the case, the judge ruled to keep him behind bars until without the option for bail. The Cicero, Illinois man is due back in court on the first degree murder charges on April 28.
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