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17-year-old from Lockport charged with murder in infant’s death

JB. Karlson

Jon B. Karlson

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Updated: January 15, 2013 11:24AM



Prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old Lockport man with murder after the 2-month-old girl he was charged last week with abusing died Thursday morning.

The charge against Jon Karlson, of 1120 S. Hamilton, was filed late Thursday afternoon, said Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

The murder charge alleges Karlson shook the girl on Dec. 6, knowing it could severely injure or kill her.

Karlson was arrested Dec. 7, the night after the infant, Aliyah Gedminas, was hospitalized. He was charged with aggravated battery of a child and was being held in the Will County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Judge Roger Rickmon on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Karlson that carries a $2 million bail, meaning he would have to put up $200,000 to be released while awaiting trial.

Karlson had been dating the infant’s 18-year-old mother for four months and had been watching the girl Dec. 6 in the 15500 block of South Gougar Road in Homer Glen while the mother was at work, police said. Karlson called the mother and said Aliyah “did not look right,” so she left work and came home to take her to the hospital.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Karlson and the baby were in the back seat while the mother was driving near Bruce and Gougar roads when Aliyah stopped breathing and the couple called 911.

A Lockport Township Fire District ambulance arrived at the intersection, and firefighters performed CPR and rushed the girl to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

She then was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where she died at 7:53 a.m. Thursday, the Cook County medical examiner’s office reported.

According to police reports, the baby suffered abuse, head trauma and bleeding on her brain.

When contacted by The Herald-News on Monday, the girl’s mother said the incident was a private matter and “nobody’s business” and declined to comment. A message left with Karlson’s parents was not returned.

The state’s attorney’s office reviewed the case in conjunction with investigators from the Will County Sheriff’s Department.



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