Joliet Couple Arrested For Severely Beating 3-Year-Old Boy

JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) — Police say a woman waited three days to bring her 3-year-old son to the hospital after she and her boyfriend gave him a severe beating in southwest suburban Joliet.

Cmdr. Brian Benton said it was Monday night when the child was hurt at 217 Lincoln St.

“His mother, Terran T. Smith, 21, and her boyfriend, Jamar L. Caesar, 22, have an 8-month-old child together,” Benton said. “And the mother became angry when the 3-year-old struck the 8-month-old.”

Smith allegedly told investigators she started to spank the boy before telling Caesar to administer the punishment, but a witness in the house reportedly told police both Smith and Caesar each spent two minutes whipping the boy with a belt.

On Friday, Smith reportedly brought her son to Silver Cross Hospital because he was vomiting and had not eaten for three days.

“An examination found the boy had a broken wrist, extensive body bruising, a bruised kidney, a lacerated or bruised liver and laceration to his face,” Benton said. “(During questioning) Smith said she didn’t want to bring him to the hospital because she worried the Department of Children and Family Services would take her children away.”

According to reports, that is exactly what happened. DCFS is supervising the 3-year-old, who remains at the hospital, while the 8-month-old has been taken into protective custody.

Smith reportedly told detectives Caesar was responsible for the boy’s injuries. He was jailed Friday night on a charge of aggravated battery to a child. Benton said Ceasar confessed to beating the boy but also implicated Smith. Smith was arrested Saturday morning and booked into the county jail on charges of aggravated battery to a child and endangering the life or health of a child.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Patty Reynolds-Andersen

    Monsters….that’s all that can be said! Hopefully they will not return these children to these dispicable creatures!

  • gunny

    I wonder where the 3 year old learned that behavior of striking the 8 month old… quite puzzling, don’t you think?

    • Kati

      Not really. Maybe he was jealous that the baby got more attention.
      I doubt if the mom got THAT mad at the boy for hitting the baby, she REALLY liked the baby and i’m guessing REALLY favored the baby over the 3 year old.
      I just hope and pray they don’t give these poor kids back to that crazy couple.

  • Roberta Waker

    Can’t help but wonder if these people weren’t already in the DCFS files for abuse because abuse is never a one time thing. Don’t EVER give these children back to them; they need lots of jail time and any aid they might be getting cut off forever. Put them each in a cell where they can experience such abuse first hand. These poor babies didn’t ask to be born and they deserve a loving home.

  • Reasonable Doubt

    They have reserved suites at Dwight and Menard waiting for them. Includes three meals daily and personal interaction with other guest of the state.

  • wow

    My sister is a good person, I’m upset by what happened, and I don’t know exactly but we need to praying and how dare u be races, do u know how many whites killed their kids this yr? Please learn before u speak, my nephew is doing great and will be home soon. I understand the anger I was too but God is working with all of us.

    • Jim Hamilton

      I tell you right now I wouldn’t give these kids to a relative either. I would get these kids to a place where the mom and boyfriend would never see them again matter of fact they need their liver lacerated

    • silly2

      If she’s so good why did she wait to get him help? I would gladly take & love these kids.

  • Joe Rellik

    Maybe the child has Osteogenisis Imperfecta and Vitamin D deficiencies and a cirrotic liver. This is just a poch on the tokus.

  • Salena

    Why in the hell wouldnt the witness in the house stop them from beating the child they should be charged also!! What is wrong with people they should have the kids taken away from them and never be able to see them again!!Lets hope DCFS looks into the whole family before giving the children to them!!

  • Laura

    It makes me sick that this woman’s sister can comment and say she is a GOOD person. Are you kidding me?! What GOOD person would beat her own child like that and then wait to bring him into the hospital when he obviously needed medical treatment??? I will be praying for this child but for this child to NOT be going home soon or at all for that matter. DCFS needs to start doing their job and placing these children in homes where they are wanted, not sending them back to homes where they will only get beat again. These two should be locked up for life for attempted murder – actually hurting internal organs from using a belt?! Sounds like they enjoyed punishing this poor little child.

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