From the Woodstock Police Department:
Aggravated Battery to an Infant
On Monday, November 11th, 2019 the Woodstock Fire & Rescue Department responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Sebastian Way for an infant who had been dropped and had stopped breathing.
Due to the nature of the call, a Woodstock Police Department Detective also responded.
Early in the investigation, it was observed that the way the caller described what had occurred to cause the injuries to the infant, did not match the injuries present on the infant.
The infant was subsequently transported to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Evaluations by medical professionals revealed that the infant had suffered from extensive head, eye, and neck trauma.
It was the opinion of medical personnel that the trauma caused to the infant had been intentionally inflicted.
Many of the injuries were consistent with the infant being violently shaken.
Interviews were conducted with those who were identified as having contact with the infant prior to the injuries being discovered.
Those interviews, and evidence that was collected, led to a suspect being identified as, Eric H. Hanstad.
Upon conferring with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, two charges of Aggravated Battery were approved, along with one count of Aggravated Domestic Battery.
The most serious of the three charges, a Class X felony, was due to Hanstad knowingly and without legal justification committing a battery to a child under the age of thirteen years of age causing great bodily harm.
Hanstad remains at-large at this time. If you know the whereabouts of Hanstad, please contact the Woodstock Police Department at (815)338-2131.