Woman held without bail for allegedly abusing 7-year-old son

SHARE Woman held without bail for allegedly abusing 7-year-old son

Caroline Woods / Chicago Police

A South Side woman has been charged with battery after her 7-year-old son was taken to the hospital after he was seen running along Lake Shore Drive in a pull-up diaper over weekend.

The wounds, bruises and burns on the boy’s body were the most injuries the doctor examining him had ever seen on a human being, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.

Caroline Woods, 24, was denied bail Tuesday.

The boy told authorities that he was often hit with several objects, including an extension cord and a baseball bat, and was forced to sleep in a closet and use the bathroom there, Scaduto said.

He was also forced to sit on the stove in the home he shared with his mother and boyfriend in the 4800 block of South Chicago Beach Drive, Scaduto said.

“These are depraved acts,” Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. told Woods. “You are a danger to society.”

Prosecutors did not say whether Woods’ boyfriend has been charged.

Both the boy and his younger sister were taken into protective custody on Sunday, according to Veronica Resa, a spokeswoman with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

There has been no prior contact with the family, Resa said.

Authorities said someone called 911 Sunday after seeing the boy running along Lake Shore Drive by 47th Street.

The Latest
As Chicago marks Pride Month with its biggest celebration on Sunday, Becca Sebree, Mark Liberson, Coco Sho-Nell and Christy Webber talk about their lives and how things have changed.
Bet on it: Sports wagering in the U.S. would not be the massive business it is today without the father of the point spread
The man is withholding affection because he feels there’s no ‘alone time.’
Our quizmaster has found a way to combine our love of baseball and our love of music in one place
In two of the last three seasons, Matt Eberfus’ Colts boasted the least-penalized defense in the NFL.