WHEATON (STMW) - Bond was set at $1 million Wednesday for a 20-year-old west suburban man charged with repeatedly shaking his 3-month-old daughter.
Timothy Churchill of the 4200 block of Lindley Street in Downers Grove was charged with one count of aggravated battery to a child, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.
At 2 a.m. Jan. 23, Churchill and his daughter’s mother, who lives in Naperville, brought the unresponsive baby to the emergency room at Edward Hospital in Naperville, according to a statement from prosecutors.
The baby had suffered “substantial head injuries” and was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she underwent emergency brain surgery to relieve intracranial pressure, according to prosecutors.
Naperville police investigated the source of the injuries and found that, “on at least five occasions,” Churchill violently shook his daughter causing “significant head injuries,” according to the statement.
“The allegations against Mr. Churchill in this case are extremely disturbing,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “The very idea that a father could cause such severe injury to his own child, as is alleged in this case, is inconceivable.”
Churchill is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb .29.