Illinois man, Jonathan Fair indicted on murder charges after beating and kicking his girlfriend’s four year old daughter, Skylar Mendez after spilling juice on an Xbox video game.
Illinois prosecutors plan to seek a life sentence for a 19 year old teen after allegedly killing his girlfriend’s daughter after she spilled juice on an Xbox video game console.
Johnathan Fair of Waukegan, roughly 40 miles northwest of Chicago, was babysitting 4-year-old Skylar Mendez on Dec. 13 when the incident occurred, the Lake County News-Sun reported, citing the State Attorney’s Office.
Fair took the child to a hospital and claimed the girl had fallen and hit her head, prosecutors said. He later reportedly admitted having shook Mendez ‘really hard’ and beating her ‘because’ she spilled juice on the console.
Fair allegedly kicked Skylar down a hallway as part of her punishment. He reportedly brought her to the hospital after she passed out during the attack.
Doctors tried unsuccessfully to relieve the swelling in Mendez’s brain and she died days later.
Authorities say Fair kicked Skylar down the hallway numerous times.
Authorities said doctors noticed signs of physical abuse, including violent shaking, that likely stretched back months.
Unclear is to what degree Skyar’s mother had been aware of the abuse and what actions she’d taken, if any she’d taken to protect her daughter.
Johnathan Fair lawyers confident he will be acquitted in Skylar Mendez child abuse death.
Following Skylar’s death, prosecutors charged Fair with aggravated battery- only for prosecutors deciding to file more severe charges after the extent of the alleged child abuse was revealed by doctors.
Come Wednesday, Fair was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of first-degree murder and was being held on $5 million bail at the Lake County jail.
The 19-year-old’s attorney told The Associated Press on Sunday that he’s confident his client will eventually be acquitted.
Prosecutors announced Thursday their intention to seek a natural life sentence for Fair if his case goes to trial. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 17.
Skylar’s aunt, Cecilia Villalpando, launched a GoFundMe page asking the public for help in funding the funeral.
Initially, the family believed the girl died by accident.
‘We have found out that this was no tragic accident,’ Villalpando wrote on GoFundMe last month.
‘Our sweet angels life was taken from us by a heartless human being.
‘Just adding more pain into our lives knowing that someone took our babygirl.’