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Crime & Courts

DeKalb woman charged with murder in child's death

Jessica L. Breuer, 25, of DeKalb, is accused of murder and aggravated battery of a child.
Jessica L. Breuer, 25, of DeKalb, is accused of murder and aggravated battery of a child.

SYCAMORE – Jessica Breuer could spend the rest of her life in prison if convicted of murdering a 15-month-old boy who bit her, authorities said.

Breuer, 25, of the 500 block of East Taylor Street in DeKalb, was holding John B. Hawks on April 23 when the child bit her on the chest, angering her so much she squeezed his neck for 10 to 12 minutes while the boy's mother slept nearby, authorities said. Breuer called 911 after noticing he had gone limp, and he was flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital with a brain injury. Hawks died about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Hawks' obituary described him as a happy boy who loved Mickey Mouse, dogs and cotton candy.

DeKalb police arrested Breuer on May 7 on charges of aggravated battery to a child, but the charges were upgraded Tuesday to first-degree murder. Breuer sat with her hands clenched inside her sleeves Wednesday morning as Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert read the new charges and penalties to her.

Court records in an unrelated civil case indicate Breuer suffers from bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Breuer's case is next due in court June 9. She remained in DeKalb County Jail on Wednesday unable to post 10 percent of her $2.5 million bond.

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