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McHenry man pleads not guilty to injuring 2-year-old boy

Zachary R. Hamann
Zachary R. Hamann

A 20-year-old McHenry man, who could face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty for allegedly dropping a 2-year-old boy on his head causing skull fractures and brain bleeding, denied all charges Tuesday.

Zachary R. Hamann, being held on $125,000 bond at the McHenry County Jail, pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated battery to a child younger than 13/causing permanent disability and misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and endangering the life and health of a child.

Hamann was arrested about 4 a.m. May 24, after the child suffered serious head injuries under his supervision, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

Hamann called 911 earlier that day to report the boy’s injuries, and the child was taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, authorities said.

The boy, now 3, was flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he remained for several days, the child’s mother said at his initial court appearance.

“The baby seems to be doing OK and has been released from the hospital,” Assistant State’s Attorney Susanne Groebner said Tuesday. However, she added that he will be having many follow-up visits with his doctors.

Before calling 911, Hamann called the boy’s mother and said the child had fallen off the couch by accident, according to the woman’s petition seeking an order of protection against Hamann.

He is due back in court July 18.

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