Mom, Boyfriend Charged in 4-Year-Old's Death

Boy died from blows suffered during "possible domestic situation"

The mother and boyfriend of a 4-year-old boy who died Friday were charged Sunday afternoon in the boy’s death.

Cesar Ruiz, 34, of the 5100 block of South Trumbull Avenue, was charged with one count each of first degree murder and concealment of a homicide, police said. He was also wanted for an outstanding warrant for having a suspended/revoked license.

The boy’s mother, 28-year-old Crystal Valdez, also of the 5100 block of South Trumbull Avenue, was charged with concealment of a homicide and child endangerment resulting in a death, police said.

Both are expected to appear in Central Bond Court on Monday, police said.

The boy, 4-year-old Christopher Valdez, was killed in a “possible domestic situation” at the family’s Trumbull Avenue home, authorities said.

Police said the boy was dead when they arrived at the home about 2:10 p.m. Friday. He appeared to have died from “multiple blunt force trauma,” police said.

Christopher Valdez was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m. at Holy Cross Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. A Saturday autopsy determined he died from multiple blunt force injuries and child abuse, and the death was ruled a homicide.

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