A 35-year-old babysitter is accused of breaking the leg of a 13-year-old girl suffering from cerebral palsy. Police say Javier Rosales, from the Chicago suburb of Palatine, was watching the victim and her 12-year-old sister when he stomped on the victim’s leg as she lay on the floor.
The Chicago tribune reports that after her younger sister called 911, the unnamed child was taken to a hospital, where staff applied a cast to her leg and alerted police. Rosales is charged with aggravated battery to a disabled person, a Class X felony, and is being held on $150,000 bond.
In Illinois, Class X felony charges are reserved for serious violent crimes outside of murder. A defendant convicted of a Class X felony cannot be sentenced to probation and must be incarcerated for a minimum of 6-30 years. This includes defendants who have no prior criminal history. Other Class X felonies include aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated criminal sexual assault. The only not inherently violent offence considered a Class X felony is drug possession with intent to deliver.
Rosales is due in court on April 12. If he should make bond, he is prohibited from contacting the victim’s family.