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Mt. Morris 19-year-old accused of battering baby

Shane D. Wilson
Shane D. Wilson

The Mt. Morris 19-year-old accused of battering a 5-month-old baby was charged Tuesday afternoon with six counts of aggravated battery to a child.

Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow said more charges may be filed against Shane D. Wilson once prosecutors have access to all the baby’s medical records.

Wilson appeared before Judge John B. Roe Tuesday, and his bond remains at $500,000. He is being held in the Ogle County Jail. 

Roe set a preliminary hearing for Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Wilson, who has a history of domestic abuse, is accused of injuring the baby so severely that she wound up in at Rockford hospital with a fractured skull and multiple broken bones.

Bones in the child’s ribs, arms, legs, and wrists were fractured, and she also had cranial bleeding, and a collapsed lung.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said the injuries occurred over “a couple of days.”

VanVickle said Wilson, although not related to the little girl, was living in the same household at Mt. Morris Estates.

Wilson was arrested Nov. 1 and faces 6 to 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated battery of a child, a Class X felony. 

Police responded to the hospital where the baby was being treated early on Oct. 30. 

Dixon police located Wilson around midnight on Oct. 31 and transported him to the Ogle County Jail on outstanding arrest warrants from previous charges.

According to a news release from VanVickle, the baby remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition, but no update was available on Tuesday.

In September of 2017, Wilson was convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery and sentenced to a year and a half of probation. A felony charge of battering a pregnant person was dismissed.

In March of this year, he was charged with five counts of felony domestic abuse, felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor resisting; he pleaded down to one count of aggravated domestic battery and in June was sentenced to two years’ probation.

When Wilson was arrested last week, two Ogle County warrants had been issued for him, one for failure to pay or appear in the 2017 case, and the other, on a petition, filed Aug. 31, to revoke his probation in this year’s case, also for failure to pay or appear.