Suburban woman charged with trying to smother 6-year-old with pillow

Julie Espinosa | Cook County Sheriff's Office

Bond was set at $20,000 Wednesday for a Stickney woman accused of attempting to suffocate a 6-year-old boy because he was crying.

Cook County Sheriff's detectives were called to an elementary school in Burbank on Feb. 27 after school officials reported an incident of child abuse, officials said. 

Julie Espinosa, 58, is accused of placing a pillow over the face of the boy who was in her care because he was crying. When Espinosa removed the pillow, the victim vomited.


Officials with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services placed the boy and his minor siblings in the care of a relative.

Espinosa was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of aggravated battery of a child.

She appeared in court Wednesday and had her bond set at $20,000, according to a statement from the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Her next court date was scheduled for April 28.