Woman, 56, charged in death of infant in Englewood

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Bond was set at $1 million Friday for a 56-year-old woman charged with killing a 1-month-old boy last week in Englewood.

Willa M. Wickerson faces a first-degree murder charge for Timothy Harmon’s death on Dec. 7, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Officers were called to assist paramedics about 2 p.m. after Timothy was found unresponsive inside his home in the 6600 block of South Racine, authorities said.

He was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he died at 2:39 p.m., authorities said. An autopsy ruled his death a homicide by child abuse. Police initially said the boy showed no obvious signs of trauma.

Wickerson was arrested Wednesday morning near her home in the 6700 block of South Parnell, and police announced murder charges early Friday. Authorities did not specify her relationship to Timothy.

Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil jailed Wickerson on a $1 million bond, court records show. Her next court date is Jan. 4, 2017.

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