Mom charged in death took son’s lifeless body on train ride

An Illinois woman accused of taking her 6-year-old onto a commuter train to Chicago after his death last summertime has been charged with first-degree slaying and ordered held without bond, authorities said Tuesday.

Jamie Jones, 29, of Round Lake Beach also was charged with concealing of a homicide in the death of Carl Rice Jr. She’s being held in lieu of$ 3 million.

Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Scheller told a Lake County judge that an autopsy proved the child was bruised from his face and head to his torso. He also suffered a brain hemorrhage.

“This was a horrific crime involving the death of an innocent child who was beaten to death at the hands of his own mother, ” he said.

Scheller said Carl was injured by Jones prior to falling asleep on June 30. He said the boy succumbed between June 30 and July 1.

Scheller said video demonstrate Jones, accompanied by her 9-year-old daughter, took the child to the Round Lake Beach Metra station on July 1 to catch a develop to Chicago. The child was placed inside the station in a corner seat and was propped up with the assistance of a backpack.

Jones allegedly carried the dead boy onto a train and video taken at Chicago’s Union Station shows Jones carrying the child over her shoulder as if he is asleep, before get into a vehicle driven by her father.

Family members became aware the boy was not breathing and called paramedics, who determined he had died. The Cook County medical examiner ruled the boy died from traumata caused by child abuse, Scheller said.

Jones initially told examiners she hit her son several times before his death, attorneys said. After a four-month investigation, Jones was arrested Saturday on a warrant for failure to appear in court, and then held until slaying charges were filed.

Defense attorney Charis Walker declined to comment after Jones’ court appearance Tuesday.

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