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Toddler beaten to death in Bronzeville; 1 in custody

A man punched the boy multiple times in the face in the 4200 block of South Calumet Avenue, police said.

A toddler was killed July 7, 2020, in Bronzeville.
A toddler was killed July 7, 2020, in Bronzeville.
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A 23-month-old boy was allegedly beaten to death Tuesday in Bronzeville on the South Side during a domestic incident.

A man punched the child multiple times in the face about 12:11 p.m. in the 4200 block of South Calumet Avenue, according to Chicago police.

Antwun Gayden was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:41 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy found he died of multiple injuries from child abuse and ruled his death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

A man was taken into custody, police said. Charges have not been filed.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Antwun’s family, which hasn’t had previous contact with DCFS, according to department spokesman Jassen Strokosch.

Antwun’s death is one of two investigations into children who died on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday, Strokosch said.

About 9:50 a.m. that morning, Jessieonna L. Evans died after she was found in the 5100 block of South Calumet Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She fell asleep and was unable to be woken up that morning, Chicago police said. She was brought to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Autopsy results have not been announced.