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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Downers Grove Man Sentenced to Twelve Years for Shaking Infant Daughter

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Downers Grove man charged with repeatedly shaking his three-month-old daughter has been sentenced to twelve years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Timothy Churchill, 22 (d.o.b. 9/19/1995) of 4220 Lindley, appeared in Court this morning where he entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Battery to a Child, (Class X Felony) in front of Judge John Kinsella, who handed down the sentence. On February 3, 2016, Churchill appeared in bond court where bond was set at $1 million with 10% to apply. He has remained in custody since that time.
On January 23, 2016, at approximately 2 a.m., Churchill and the mother of his daughter, who lives in Naperville, brought the girl to the emergency room at Edward Hospital in Naperville. The baby was unresponsive. Upon discovering substantial head injuries, the baby was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital where she underwent emergency brain surgery to relieve intracranial pressure. An investigation conducted by the Naperville Police Department into the source of the infant’s injuries revealed that Churchill violently shook his daughter causing significant head injuries including bilateral subdural hematomas and retinal hemorrhaging.  
“The sentence handed down by Judge Kinsella this morning underscores the severity of the injuries that Mr. Churchill inflicted upon his own infant daughter,” Berlin said. “Child abuse has no place in a civilized society and remains a top priority in my office as the victims in such cases are arguably society’s most vulnerable. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department for their efforts on this heartbreaking case. I would like to thank the medical staffs at Edward Hospital as well as Lurie Children’s Hospital for the outstanding care they provided to this young victim. I would also like to thank the DuPage County Children’s Center as well as Assistant State’s Attorneys Cathy DeLaMar and Michael Pawl for their efforts in holding Mr. Churchill responsible for what he did to his own daughter.”
Churchill will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.