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Teen played video games after allegedly murdering infant

Willie Brown  | Cook County Sheriff's office photo

Willie Brown | Cook County Sheriff's office photo

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Updated: October 2, 2013 12:34AM



A teenage boy started playing video games after the severely battered baby he was caring for stopped crying and eventually died last week, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Willie Brown, 17, who is facing murder charges in 4-month-old Demari Brown’s death, was the primary caregiver of the baby in his girlfriend’s home in the 6000 block of South Honore, Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Kent said.

Police said Brown was the dead child’s father. But Kent said Demari was Brown’s girlfriend’s baby.

At the hospital where the baby was taken, when Demari’s mother asked Brown what he did to the baby, he allegedly cried and said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”

Brown was the only one with Demari in his bedroom when the crying baby suddenly stopped making sounds, Kent said.

Brown left the bedroom and went to play video games, Kent said.

A short time later, someone else went into the bedroom and found Demari unresponsive, Kent said.

Demari suffered blunt trauma to the head; a linear fracture to the skull; subdural hemorrhages; rib fractures, and healing fractures to other ribs and a wrist.

An autopsy determined Demari died from multiple blunt-force injuries caused by child abuse, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Brown, of the 2400 block of West Gladys, was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.



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