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Mother Sentenced to 79 Months for Beating Toddler to Death

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On Friday, 22-year-old Doulesha Wyatt was sentenced to 79 months in prison for the 2010 murder of her 21-month-old son, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Wyatt was convicted of murdering her son, Jaymeon Wyatt, in March.

Jaymeon was brought into the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in July 2010 after sustaining numerous injuries. After inspecting the child’s injuries, doctors contacted authorities to report suspected abuse.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, the toddler died as a result of head injuries soon after arriving at the hospital . An autopsy later confirmed that the boy had been battered, and the injuries sustained during the beating had caused his death.

Wyatt was charged with murder soon after her son’s death in July 2010. She was convicted of the charges in March. Judge Vincent M. Gaughan sentenced Wyatt to 79 months in prison on Friday.

Under Illinois’ Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, child abuse is defined as “inflicting or causing, allowing, or creating a substantial risk of physical injury, other than by accident, that causes death, disfigurement, impairment of physical or emotional health, or loss or impairment of any bodily function.”

The Act also has a reporting element that requires individuals in certain professions to report cases of suspected child abuse if they have “reasonable cause to believe a child may be abused or neglected.” Doctors, dentists, nurses, social workers, and law enforcement officers are all included under the reporting provision.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has disclosed that it had prior contact with Doulesha Wyatt and her family before Jaymeon Wyatt’s death. After the incident, the Illinois DCFS took two other children from Wyatt’s home into custody.

Related Resources:

  • Find a Chicago Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Mother Charged with Murdering Toddler Son (Fox News)
  • Illinois Child Abuse Laws (FindLaw)
  • Child Abuse (FindLaw)

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