An Illinois mother is under arrest in connection with the death of her severely disabled teenage son at the end of last year, police said.
According to a Moline Police Department news release obtained by FrontPageDetectives, emergency responders transported 34-year-old Jennifer Keim’s boy to an area hospital and he was admitted for emergency care on Nov. 3, 2020.
“Hospital staff found the child to be extremely dehydrated, emaciated and had severe open wounds that had not been properly treated,” police said.
The 15-year-old boy went into cardiopulmonary arrest and was later pronounced dead.
The Moline Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Juvenile Unit, the Coroner’s Office and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services launched a four-month criminal investigation, which included interviews and examining the child’s medical records and past treatment.
“The inquiries revealed a consistent pattern of medical and physical neglect, which led to the child’s death,” police said, noting the teen’s manner of death was complications from chronic malnutrition and other issues related to “underlying physical neglect.”
Keim faces a charge of first-degree murder. She is currently being held at the Rock Island County Jail on $2 million bond.