On April 23, 2014, the DeKalb Police Department responded to 507 East Taylor Street in regards to a baby who was not breathing. The DeKalb Police Department and the DeKalb Fire Department responded to the scene. The baby was not breathing and did not have a pulse. The baby was provided with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital. The baby was later air lifted to Rockford Memorial Hospital.
DeKalb Police Investigators learned that the baby had a brain injury and was in critical condition. DeKalb Police Investigators learned that the brain injury was due to lack of oxygen to the brain.
On May 7, 2014, the DeKalb Police Department arrested Jessica Breuer for two counts of Aggravated Battery to Child. The investigation revealed that Jessica Breuer was holding the baby when the fifteen month old baby bit her chest. This angered Breuer at which time she squeezed the baby’s neck for approximately ten minutes until the baby was unconscious. Breuer then contacted 911 and attempted to get the baby medical attention.
On May 16, 2014, at approximately 1:30PM, the fifteen-month old baby boy died.
On May 19, 2014, an autopsy will be performed on the child. Once the autopsy is complete, investigators will meet with the DeKalb County States Attorney’s Office for a review of the investigation.
On May 20, 2014, Jessica Breuer was charged with two counts of First Degree Murder. Her bond was set at $2,000,000 dollars.
The victim in this case is John Hawks.
Individuals named who have been charged with a crime have not yet been proven guilty in court.