Boy Beaten to Death on 4th Birthday

Uncle arriving with birthday cake says he restrained mother's boyfriend

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    Uncle arriving with birthday cake says he restrained mother's boyfriend. (Published Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011)

    UPDATE: Bond Set for Accused Child-Killers

    A south side boy was beaten to death on what family members said was his fourth birthday.

    Christopher Valdez died at his home near 51st and South Trumbull Avenue. A police spokesman said it's believed the boy died of blunt force trauma.

    "My niece's boyfriend beat the baby to death, and I don't know exactly what happened. I've never even met the man," said Steven Valdez, the boy's great uncle.

    Another uncle said he arrived at the home with a birthday cake for the youngster immediately after the incident. He said he restrained the boyfriend until police arrived.

    The boyfriend, who was described as anti-social and violent, is in police custody. Family members said the boyfriend two weeks ago severely beat a dog for relieving himself in the home. They said they're in shock that a grown man could take out so much anger on a child.

    "I just can't understand how anybody could do that," said Santiago Valdez, the boy's great-grandfather. "I just can't. It's just a shock to me."