Fa­ther charged with beat­ing 1-year-old son to death


Bail was de­nied Fri­day for a 23-year-old man charged with beat­ing his young son to death in Bronzevill­e.

Michael Robin­son faces a count of first-de­gree mur­der in the death of 23-month-old An­twun Gay­den, Cook County pros­e­cu­tors said.

Robin­son had started vis­i­ta­tion with his son only weeks be­fore the boy was found un­con­scious Tues­day at Robin­son’s home in the 4200 block of South Calumet Av­enue, pros­e­cu­tors said.

An­twun was dropped off at the home July 3 and had been sleep­ing in Robin­son’s bed­room, pros­e­cu­tors said.

About 2 a.m. Tues­day, an up­set Robin­son came out of his room and told an­other per­son at the home the baby had bro­ken a fan and that the baby needed a fan.

About noon that day, Robin­son brought the un­con­scious boy to the same per­son and said the child had stop­ping mov­ing, pros­e­cu­tors said. That per­son at­tempted to re­vive the baby, start­ing CPR, and 911 was called.

Chicago fire­fight­ers ar­rived first. Robin­son told a CFD lieu­tenant the child had been play­ing with a fan in his room and broke it, which had led him to beat the boy, in­clud­ing with a belt, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Robin­son ac­knowl­edged he “knew he hit too hard” and the boy “was just a lit­tle kid,” pros­e­cu­tors said.

Robin­son later made a sim­i­lar state­ment to a De­part­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices case­worker, but pros­e­cu­tors said he changed his story when po­lice ar­rived, telling them he had “spanked” the child.

An au­topsy found he died of mul­ti­ple in­juries from child abuse; his death was ruled a homi­cide.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the med­i­cal ex­am­iner noted blunt-force trauma to the boy’s spine and head, which caused bleed­ing in the boy’s brain.

Robin­son, of Bronzevill­e, has no pre­vi­ous ar­rests, au­thor­i­ties said.

Michael Clancy, Robin­son’s at­tor­ney, said mul­ti­ple peo­ple were at home when the boy’s in­juries oc­curred and it wasn’t clear who else had con­tact with An­twun.

Robin­son pre­vi­ously worked with chil­dren at the YMCA with­out any in­ci­dents, Clancy said.

Judge Mary Maru­bio or­dered Robin­son held with­out bail, not­ing Robin­son’s al­leged ad­mis­sions about hitting the boy.

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