Autopsy: Death Of Toddler Ruled Homicide

CHICAGO (STMW) — An autopsy Saturday determined a four-year-old boy died Friday from child abuse and his death was ruled a homicide.

It was Christopher Valdez’s fourth birthday Friday, and his relatives were preparing to celebrate at the family’s Southwest Side home. But instead of a celebration, there was mourning.

The little boy was killed Friday afternoon in what police described as a “possible domestic situation,” at Christopher’s home in the 5100 block of South Trumbull Avenue.

Police late Friday said they were talking to a male person of interest who was in custody in the case. No charges have been filed as of Saturday night.

Police said the boy was dead when police arrived at the home about 2:10 p.m. Friday. The child appeared to have died from “multiple blunt force trauma,” police said.

The boy was pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital at 3:10 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

An autopsy Saturday determined that Valdez died from multiple blunt force injuries and child abuse, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

On Friday night, shocked relatives gathered at the home of Christopher’s grandparents — just across the alley from where Christopher lived — to grieve. And they defended the boy’s mother.

“We want everyone to know that our daughter is innocent of whatever happened there,” said Christopher’s grandfather, Tom Valdez.

While the family said they didn’t yet know all of the details, they said that at some point Friday afternoon, Christopher’s mother, Crystal Valdez, telephoned one of her brothers, desperate for help.

Upon arriving at his sister’s home, the brother was forced to restrain his sister’s live-in boyfriend, with whom Crystal Valdez had a troubled relationship, family members said.

“He has created a lot of problems,” said Tom Valdez, declining to go into details.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Jim Hamilton

    Chicago Dems took away the death penalty

    Now any murderer gets 3 hots and a cot for life no extra charge

    Some happy birthday fit was or this little boy at least now he no longer has to suffer from the Chicago Cesspool Dwellers

    God Bless
    and all the other little ones out there that are suffering in the world I wish I could wave a magic wand

    • Arthur

      Chicago Dems didn’t do that you dumb twit. Corrupt Cops Judges and Lawyers wrongfully convicting hundreds of people in IL alone did that. Besides Ryan was a Republican. Get off the republican vs Democrat wagon and you will see they are really just one party looking to take your money your liberties and subjugate you.

      • Jim Hamilton

        Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters after signing legislation abolishing the death penalty in the state at the capitol in Springfield

        Last time I checked the azzhole was still a Democrat

      • Toonces

        Maybe so, but the Dumb-o-crats are always the ones pushing for it….AGAINST the will of the general populace. Funny how they are so hell-bent on taking away the citizens second amendment rights……..

      • Jim Hamilton


        Corrupt Cops, Judges and Lawyers Like I said democrats

  • amber


    Is it that hard for you to print the name and include a mug shot of the alleged killer, Crystal Valdez’s boyfriend who has a history of violence???

    Bold reporting. No wonder news viewership is down.

  • Roberta Waker

    If Christopher’s mother knew her boyfriend was so violent and she had trouble with him prior to this incident, why did she stay with him? Mothers in situations like this have to know it’s not going to get any better and they MUST start thinking of their children. Because she didn’t remove her son from this violent environment, she is as responsible as her boyfriend. They should BOTH go to jail.

    • Toonces

      Easy….Chicago is such a corrupt rip-off that you need 10 people paying the rent to skate by.

      • Jim Hamilton

        And now that Al Jr (Rahm) is running things it’s getting worse.

        Now that the death penalty has been taken away they get a lifetime of free support with no worries. Watch as the murder and rape rate start rising.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Right now the gangs are turned against each other but what are the police going to do when the cesspool organizes and start murdering the cops instead of each other?

  • Dylan


    We have gotten to be a society that doesn’t punish anyone.

    • Jim Hamilton


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