CHICAGO (STMW) — A Chicago man being held at the Cook County Jail on charges of battering his girlfriend was attempting to hire a hit man to kill her before his next court appearance, according to new charges filed Friday.

Andrew Thomas, 18, was being held on an aggravated battery charge for an alleged attack on his girlfriend, Cook County Sheriff’s police spokesman Frank Bilecki said.

Additional felony charges were filed after Thomas offered $3,000 to have the woman murdered before his Dec. 3 court date, according to the sheriff’s office.

Thomas also offered $1,000 for the killing of the woman’s three children — who range in age from 2 to 4 — if they interfered with the murder for hire, Bilecki said.

But he ordered that his girlfriend’s fourth child, the only one fathered by Thomas, not be harmed.

He was charged with solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire, and was ordered held on a $2 million bond, according to the sheriff’s office. He will be back in court on the new charges on Dec. 6.

Thomas has been arrested for Class X felonies nine times, the sheriff’s office said.

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