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Prosecutors: After fatally beating infant, dad played video games

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

After allegedly beating his crying 4-month-old boy to death in a West Englewood bedroom, 17-year-old Willie Brown played video games, Cook County prosecutors said today.

Brown, who was Demari Brown’s primary caregiver, is charged with the Thursday beating of his son, who a witness said had been crying at a home in the 6000 block of South Honore Street, prosecutors said. At about 10 a.m., Brown was alone in the bedroom with the boy when his crying suddenly stopped, said Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Kent.

Brown then emerged from the bedroom and began playing video games, Kent said. Soon after, a witness went into the bedroom and found Demari unresponsive, she said. Brown lives on the 2400 Block of West Gladys Avenue.

The infant was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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