https://abc7chicago.com/boyfriend-of-waukegan-mom-charged-in-4-year-olds-death/4930990/A north suburban Waukegan girl who was hospitalized last week died of child abuse injuries and her death has been ruled a homicide, officials have determined.
Skylar Mendez, 4, died Sunday at Lurie Children's Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy Wednesday found she died of multiple injuries caused by child abuse and her death was ruled a homicide.
The girl's mother and 19-year-old Johnathan Fair brought Skylar to Vista Medical Center East on Dec. 13 after she suffered a head injury at their apartment,
Officers were initially told the girl fell, but an investigation determined her injuries were caused by physical abuse, police said. Fair was identified as the boyfriend of the girl's mother, who wasn't home at the time the Skylar was injured.
Fair was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery to a child, police said.