Illi­nois man in jail on $1 mil­lion bail af­ter 3-month-old son dies

Belleville News-Democrat - - News -

A Mar­ion man was charged in the bat­tery of his 3-mon­thold son, who died Mon­day.

Devin A. O’Daniell, 25, of Mar­ion was charged with do­mes­tic bat­tery, ag­gra­vated do­mes­tic bat­tery, and ag­gra­vated bat­tery to a child on Fri­day. He was brought to jail at 3:48 a.m. Sat­ur­day and his bail was set at $1 mil­lion.

O’Daniell re­mained in cus­tody Tues­day af­ter­noon. Mar­ion po­lice were called to Mead­ow­land Park­way, where a woman said her child had been abused. Mar­ion po­lice and the State’s At­tor­ney’s of­fice would not say when the po­lice were ini­tially called. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the state’s at­tor­ney said the of­fice would an­swer ques­tions on Thurs­day.

Nei­ther the baby nor his mother have been iden­ti­fied by po­lice.

The mother took the 3-month-old boy to the Heart­land Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter be­fore po­lice ar­rived. The fa­ther, iden­ti­fied as O’Daniell by the Mar­ion po­lice, was walk­ing away from the area and taken to the po­lice de­part­ment.

The baby was later taken to Car­di­nal Glen­non Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, where he died on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The Mar­ion Po­lice De­part­ment, the South­ern Illi­nois Child Death Task Force, Illi­nois State Po­lice Crime Scene Unit, and the De­part­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The baby’s or­gans will be do­nated to two chil­dren and one adult, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease from Mar­ion po­lice.

Dona­tions for fu­neral ex­penses are be­ing taken at the O’Charley’s restau­rant in Mar­ion.

Devin O’Daniell

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