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Man held without bail in infant daughter’s beating

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A Chicago man was ordered held without bail Sunday in connection to allegations that he inflicted a number of severe injuries on his 8-week-old daughter.

Dmel R. Hughes, 25, of the 1800 block of North Karlov Avenue in Hermosa, faces felony aggravated battery charges in connection to the beatings, which Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Lucafo said took place between Sept. 1 and Thursday.

Hughes’ daughter was admitted to Lurie Children’s Hospital on Thursday with a litany of injuries, Lucafo said Sunday in Cook County Bond Court.

The infant had a skull fracture, rib fractures, other head injuries, a broken collarbone and a broken femur, as well as a burn on her tongue, Lucafo said. She was also suffering from seizures and lack of oxygen to the brain, he said.

chi-chicago-man-held-without-bail-in-infant-da-001Hughes, who court records state is a UPS laborer, admitted the infant is his daughter and that he “treated her violently” on several occasions, Lucafo said.

Hughes admitted to shaking the infant and throwing her roughly head-first onto a bed, where her head struck a TV remote, Lucafo said. He also squeezed her body so hard that she passed out, according to Lucafo.

Hughes was arrested Friday in the 1800 block of South Pulaski Road in Lawndale, according to court records.

-Chicago Tribune reporting

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