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MelissaPriscilla Forys, a 22-year-old mother, has been charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child, and contributing to the neglect of a child. Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Julian Hernandez, has been charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor endangering the life and health of a child. Bail was set for $750,000 each at the Cook County Courthouse on February 9, according to this article from The Chicago Tribune. Forys’ 3-year-old girl was found to be so badly neglected she had lost both weight and hair. She was malnourished, and infections from her neglect. The 8-month-old boy had more serious signs of abuse. He had been submerged in a scalding hot tub of water on more than one occasion, causing 3rd degree burns to his stomach, knees, and feet. In addition, his mother admitted to biting him on at least three occasions, causing permanent scarring. Forys and Hernandez brought the boy to the hospital when they noticed his upper right leg was swollen. While there, hospital workers noticed the scarring and burns, along with malnourishment and multiple broken bones. The children are now in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services, who is investigating the claims of abuse and neglect. DCFS had no prior contact with the family before this. If bail is posted for either Forys or Hernandez, they have been ordered to not have any contact with minor children. Allowing harm to come to your child has severe repercussions, including possible fines, jail time, or loss of custody. If you believe your child is suffering from abuse or neglect, contact our family law attorneys in Wheaton or Warrenville to learn how you can build a case.
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