Mother’s Boyfriend Charged In Toddler’s Death

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (STMW) — An 18-year-old north suburban man has been charged with aggravated battery in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy who was in his care, and police say further charges may follow completion of an autopsy.

Thomas T. Albea of Waukegan was being held on $1 million bond Friday after being charged with aggravated battery to a child (a Class X felony), aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery, according to a release from Waukegan police.

Xzavion Charleston, 3, of 1717 N. McAree Rd. in Waukegan was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Children’s Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy Saturday determined the child died of blunt force trauma from child abuse, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

At about 1 a.m. Thursday, Waukegan police were called to Vista West Hospital for a child who was not breathing, the release said.

Officers met with hospital staff and learned the toddler suffered extensive trauma to his abdomen, reportedly caused by blunt force trauma, the release said. The child was flown to Children’s Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Investigators learned the child was in the care of Albea, of the 1700 block of North McAree, when the injuries were suffered.

The state Dept. of Children and Family Services was investigating allegations of abuse against the boyfriend of the child’s mother, spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said.

DCFS had not had prior contact with the family, but another child in the home was placed in the care of relatives.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • lyndia

    I recently read about a couple that kept the man’s son in a cage like a wild animinal. They beat, straved and eventualloy killed the little boy. They then buried the child and covered him with cement. They were white. They has also seen cases where other races have killed their kids and they were young too. To bad you do not read because if you did you would be cognitive of that fact.

    In the Black community they CONSTANTLY tell young women that they need a man to help them raise their children. THAT NONSENSE SHOULD STOP. We should be teaching young girls to stay in school, get a job and provide for their own kids. Being a single mother is not the worst thing in the world but it is not the best either. However, with hard work and focus they can over come all the obstacles that single parenthood presents. Additionally, you never know what a baby can grow up to be. (I personally think sex education should be taught in these schools and every young girl should know about birth control measures.)

    • The Voice of Truth

      And where are the parents taken responsibility for their childrens education?? It all starts at home. Quit shifting the blame on society and let these individuals account for their behavior.

    • Jermain

      @Lyndia, what does some random crime have to do with this story? In the black community young girls have multiple sex partners before they turn 16. That is the problem that exists. Everyone knows about birth control. but in the black communities, people are too stupid to use them.

  • Lakisha

    Like I expressed before about the two yr old little boy who was killed by his dad. I will say this we need to start standing up and making domestic violence relevant. This is not a game nor should it be swept under the rug. We as god people should making these women who are in these types of relationships aware of this ugly thing. If you know someone that you think might be in this type of relationship please give them my web address thank you



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