COOK COUNTY, IL – A Lyons Township woman is facing first degree murder and child endangerment charges following a Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigation into the death of her 19-month-old son from apparent neglect, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
On Oct. 17, Sheriff’s Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of Victory Lane in unincorporated Lyons Township after being notified that a child was found deceased in the home.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Jamie Hannion, 22, left her son in the care of a relative, who discovered the boy and alerted police. The child was severely malnourished and unresponsive in his crib and rigor mortis appeared to have set in. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled his death was a homicide due to nutritional neglect. On Feb. 26, Sheriff’s police attempted to apprehend Hannion but learned she was visiting family in Tennessee.
An arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 28, and on March 7, Hannion was arrested in Tennessee by the FBI Fugitive Task Force. She waived extradition and was returned to Cook County earlier today by Sheriff’s Police.
Hannion was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of felony endangering the life and health of a child resulting in death. She is scheduled to appear in the Bridgeview Courthouse for a bond hearing on the charge at 9 a.m. Friday, March 24.
The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.