West Side man charged with endangering infant daughter, resisting arrest
BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter December 23, 2012 3:46AM
Updated: December 24, 2012 1:41AM
A West Side man was arrested about 11 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly fighting with police officers who responded after neighbors reported that the man had violently handled his 6-month-old daughter in the middle of the 3900 block of West Cermak Road in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said. Lexton Jenkins, 22, of the 4000 block of West Jackson, was charged with misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child; simple assault, and resisting arrest, police said. Witnesses told police that Jenkins was throwing the baby in the air and tossing and rocking her abruptly, according to a police report.
The baby was wearing only pajamas on a night when the temperature was about 42 degrees, officials said. Police took the girl into a warm squad car, and she was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital,.
When officers tried to arrest Jenkins, he fought with them, police said.