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Crime & Courts

Downers Grove man sentenced to 12 years for shaking infant daughter

Timothy Churchill, 22, of the 4200 block of Lindley Street, Downers Grove, charged with repeatedly shaking his 3-month-old daughter, was sentenced Jan. 26 to 12 years in prison.
Timothy Churchill, 22, of the 4200 block of Lindley Street, Downers Grove, charged with repeatedly shaking his 3-month-old daughter, was sentenced Jan. 26 to 12 years in prison.

DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove man charged with repeatedly shaking his 3-month-old daughter was sentenced Jan. 26 to 12 years in prison, according to a news release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Timothy Churchill, 22, of the 4200 block of Lindley Street, entered a guilty plea in DuPage County Court to one count of aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony, in front of Judge John Kinsella, who handed down the sentence, the release stated.

Churchill appeared in bond court Feb. 3, 2016, where bond was set at $1 million. He has remained in custody since that time, according to the release.

Churchill and the mother of his daughter, who lives in Naperville, brought the girl to the emergency room at Edward Hospital in Naperville at about 2 a.m. Jan. 23, 2016. The baby was unresponsive, the release stated.

After substantial head injuries were discovered, the baby was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she underwent emergency brain surgery to relieve intracranial pressure, according to the release.

An investigation conducted by the Naperville Police Department revealed Churchill violently shook his daughter, causing significant head injuries, including bilateral subdural hematomas and retinal hemorrhaging, the release stated.

“The sentence handed down by Judge Kinsella this morning underscores the severity of the injuries that Mr. Churchill inflicted upon his own infant daughter,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Child abuse has no place in a civilized society and remains a top priority in my office as the victims in such cases are arguably society’s most vulnerable."

Berlin also thanked the police who investigated the case, as well as the medical professionals who treated the baby.

Churchill will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole, according to the release.

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