LEMONT – A 10-year-old boy living in unincorporated Lemont was beaten with a shovel while he slept during the early morning hours of July 6, according to a news release from the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
Nathan Hiatt, 29, of Lockport, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery for allegedly beating the boy. His bond was set at $250,000 during his court appearance July 7. As of the afternoon of July 8, he remained in custody at Cook County Jail in lieu of posting bail.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police received a call about 1 a.m. July 6 reporting that Hiatt struck the boy with a metal fireplace shovel while the child slept in a home in the 15100 block of 131st Street.
The boy's father awoke to the child’s screams, according to the release. When he shielded his son from the blows, Hiatt allegedly struck the father as well, before leaving the house through the back door.
The homeowner awoke to the noise, saw blood and called 911, the release said. Sheriff’s police were given a description of the offender, which matched that of Hiatt. Officers responded within minutes, locating Hiatt in the yard, under a tree.
The father and son were treated at a local hospital for their injuries and later released.
Sheriff’s police detectives learned that the father, son and Hiatt had all attended a get-together hosted by the homeowner the afternoon of July 5.
Hiatt's next court appearance is scheduled for July 9 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.
Note to Readers: A version of this story containing an error previously ran online. The incidents discussed above occurred in July 2013, not June. The article has been corrected to reflect this information.