Prosecutors: Round Lake Beach mom took son’s lifeless body on train to Chicago

A Round Lake Beach woman charged with m**der in the death of her 6-year-old son in July apparently took the child’s body on a train to Chicago after his death, a Lake County prosecutor said Tuesday in Lake County bond court.

Jamie Jones, 29, is charged with two counts of first-degree m**der and concealment of a hom*cide, and on Tuesday morning, Judge George Strickland set her bail at $3 million.

Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Scheller told the court that an autopsy showed the child, Carl Rice Jr., had bruises over much of his body, from his face and head to his back, torso and even the inside of his mouth, and also had suffered a brain hemorrhage.

According to Scheller, authorities recovered a social-media message allegedly sent by Jones to the boy’s father telling him that she had beaten the child badly, and had never beaten him that badly before.

Also during Tuesday’s court appearance, Scheller said Jones told investigators she had beaten the child with a belt on June 24 and 25, and admitted to slapping him June 25. She reportedly took him to see a doctor when the child complained of a headache and stomachache, and was diagnosed with stomach flu, according to the report read to the court.

Scheller added that Jones told police she found the child dead in her home in the 1800 block of Cedar Lake Road on July 1. According to Scheller, she told police he had labored breathing the night before he died.

According to Scheller, after Jones found the child dead, she took the boy’s body by cab to a Metra station in Lake County, where cameras showed her carrying a child who appeared stiff.

Jones then took the child by train to Union Station in Chicago, Scheller said, and then to her parents’ house, where she all-egedly told her mother that “something appears to be wrong” with the vic-tim.

The defendant’s mother then called 911, according to reports.

Scheller said that when responders arrived, the child was determined to be dead, and that the Cook County Medical Examiner determined that the body was past the stage of rigor mortis and had probably died six to eight hours before an initial examination.

The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled the death was due to multiple injuries caused by child ab*se, according to reports.

Round Lake Beach police released a statement late Monday saying that on July 2, “our department was notified of the death of 6-year-old Carl Rice Jr. of Round Lake Beach. The death was originally believed to have occurred in the Chicago Police Department Jurisdiction. However, further investigation revealed that the death had occurred in Round Lake Beach.”

The statement added that the Round Lake Beach investigation, “had been pending the official cause of death of Rice by the Cook County Medical Examiner. On Friday (Nov. 3), the Medical Examiner ruled the death a Hom*cide due to multiple injuries from Child Ab-use.”

Jones was asked to meet with Round Lake Beach detectives on Saturday, and she was arrested on a separate warrant for failure to appear in court on a battery charge, the statement added. She was then held pending charges in the death of her son, according to police.

According to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, the boy has a 9-year-old sister who is under supervision by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and currently living at a relative’s house.

Superintendent Constance Collins of Community Unit School District 116 said Carl had been in kindergarten at the Pleviak School from May through December of last school year and his sister was at Indian Hill Elementary School during the same time period.

“We have made counselors and psychiatrists available to the teachers who worked with them now with the recent news of the mother,” Collins said.

Frank Abderholden contributed to this report.


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