Man charged with endangering a child after swim in cold water

News-DemocratJuly 8, 2014 

AP GRAPHIC

A St. Clair County man faces felony child abuse and endangerment charges after police said he took a 2-year-old girl into a swimming pool in cold water and struck her in the face and on the body.

Miguel C. Luna, Jr., 25, who lives on Richard Place near Belleville, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of endangering the life of a child on Monday. The case was charged by the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Children's Justice Division.

Sheriff's deputies were called to Memorial Hospital in Belleville on Sunday at 4:30 a.m. by hospital personnel, said Capt. Scott Weymouth. The child was taken to the hospital by her mother, Weymouth said.

The 2-year-old girl had sustained bruising to the face, stomach, buttocks and legs. The child was also suffering from hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing the body's temperature to dip below 95 degrees.

In the course of the investigation, Weymouth said Detective Scott Toth determined that Luna while intoxicated took the child into a swimming pool about 2 a.m. in 60-degree weather. It wasn't clear how long the child was in the pool, Weymouth said.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are investigating abuse allegations, said DCFS spokesman Jimmie Whitelow. The department has had no prior contacts with Luna, Whitelow said. The victim and two other children were taken into protective custody. They are in the care of relatives .

Luna has previous convictions for resisting a peace officer and battery. He currently has a driving under the influence charge pending.

Luna remains in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.