SYCAMORE – A DeKalb woman accused of slamming a toddler’s head on the floor because he wouldn’t chew his food broke down in tears Monday when she heard about the child’s injuries.
Alexandra B. Hoyle, 21, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive, is charged with aggravated battery of a child, typically punishable by six to 30 years in prison if she’s convicted.
Police said in court records that Hoyle called the boy’s father Friday to tell him a dog had knocked the child over.
The child was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. After an investigation, DeKalb police arrested Hoyle on Saturday at the hospital, according to court records.
Under questioning, Hoyle told a DeKalb police detective she’d slammed the child’s head on the floor because he wouldn’t eat, records show.
First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein told Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert that she heard Monday from staff at the hospital, who told her the boy, who is in a coma, had suffered a stroke, and bleeding in his brain and the retinas of both eyes. Hoyle, who appeared in court via closed-circuit TV, began crying when she heard that information.
Judge Bradley Waller set Hoyle’s bond at $500,000 on Saturday, and Stuckert changed it to $100,000 on Monday afternoon.
Hoyle’s lawyer, Nicole Sartori, said Hoyle’s family likely would be able to post $10,000 bail for Hoyle to be released. If she is, Stuckert ruled that she be placed on electronic home monitoring and have no unsupervised contact with children.
Hoyle said she’d be living at an address on Cambridge Court in DeKalb if she makes bail.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 15.