Murder charged in shaken-baby case

Second grand jury adds charges against father

DIXON – Three new charges – including first-degree murder – have been filed against a Dixon man who is charged with killing his daughter by shaking her.

In a new bill of indictment filed by the state, Charles T. George, 36, is charged with first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated battery of a child, and one count of aggravated domestic battery of a child.

Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said a second grand jury was called after new information was obtained from doctors while she prepared for trial. She also cited a court decision made recently in a similar case.

“There was a brand new case that came out on abusive head trauma that was, in my opinion, less overt than this was,” Sacco-Miller said.

The defendant in that case, she said, was convicted of first-degree murder.

The new indictment states that in September 2010, George committed first-degree murder when he “knowingly, without lawful justification ... slammed T.O.G. on to the floor causing skull fractures and shook T.O.G. causing severe brain injury, rib fractures and retinal detachments which ultimately caused the death of T.O.G.”

His daughter, 3-month-old Tamari, died 5 days later at a Rockford hospital.

George remained in Lee County Jail on Monday on $1 million bond.