- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A 19-year-old man in central Illinois has been charged with aggravated battery of his 2-month-old daughter.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1oAeOzw ) Anthony Wilkins was charged Wednesday in Champaign County. Authorities say the infant is expected to recover from internal injuries sustained over the weekend.

Police say the girl’s mother picked her up from a relative’s home where Wilkins was taking care of her. They say the mother took her to the hospital because the girl was having trouble breathing.

Police say doctors found she had five fractured ribs and damage to her esophagus and liver, indicating squeezing or blows to the back.

They say interviews revealed Wilkins likely squeezed the girl because she wouldn’t stop crying.

Wilkins faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com


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