Courts & Crime

Mother, boyfriend charged in death of son, 4

A mother and her boyfriend were charged Monday in the beating death of a 4-year-old South Roxana, Ill. boy, who died Saturday.

Police said the mother, Patricia Cage, knew her boyfriend, Sean Starwalt, both of 603 B. Central Park Place in South Roxana, was physically abusing her child, Jeremiah Bradford, on or about Sept. 24 or 25 but did not seek medical attention for his injuries, according to court documents.

Court documents said Starwalt "repeatedly struck Jeremiah Bradford ... about the head, chest, and abdomen, knowing such acts created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm. ..."

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