Woman Charged With Murder For Death of DeKalb Boy

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SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) -- A northern Illinois woman is facing murder charges after authorities say she choked a 15-month-old after the boy bit her.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports 25-year-old Jessica Breuer was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday for the May 16 death of John B. Hawks.

She appeared in court Wednesday, clenching her sleeves. She was previous charged in the case with aggravated battery to a child.

Investigators say the DeKalb boy bit Breuer's chest while she held him, prompting her to squeeze his neck for more than 10 minutes in late April. The boy's mother was sleeping nearby.

He died more than three weeks later from a brain injury at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

It wasn't immediately clear if Breuer had a lawyer. She remains in jail on $2.5 million bond.

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