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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Bond Set at $500,000 for Plano Woman Charged with Dropping Five-Year-Old Daughter of Six-Story Parking Garage

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Winfield Chief of Police David Schar announced today that bond has been set for Plano woman accused of dropping her five-year-old daughter off a six-story parking garage at Central DuPage Hospital. Jerica Crawford, 28 (d.o.b. 11/2/1992) of the 3400 block of Clason Street appeared in Bond Court this morning where Paul Marchese set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply, in accordance with a previously issued arrest warrant. Judge Marchese also granted the State’s motion for appointment of clinical psychologist. Crawford has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery to a Child Under 13, a Class X Felony. On April 29, 2021, Judge Paul Marchese issued a $500,000 with 10% to apply arrest warrant for Crawford.        
                On February 23, 2021 at approximately 4:38 p.m., Winfield police officers responded to a call at Northwestern Medicine, Central DuPage Hospital, for two subjects who fell off the top of a parking garage on the southwestern part of the campus. Upon their arrival, officers found Crawford and her daughter on the ground next to the parking garage. Both Crawford and her daughter had sustained injuries and were brought into the hospital for treatment. It is alleged that Crawford drove to the top of the parking garage, walked to the edge of the garage and dropped her daughter off the top of the garage before jumping off the garage herself.           
               “The allegations against Ms. Crawford are extremely disturbing,” Berlin said. “We are all very thankful that both Ms. Crawford and her daughter appear to be well on the road to recovery,” Berlin said. I would like to thank the Winfield Police Department as well as DuPage County MERIT for their thorough investigation and assistance in this matter. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Louisa Nuckolls for her efforts on this case.” 
               “I would like to thank DuPage County MERIT as well as the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance throughout this entire investigation.”         
               Crawford’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 24, 2021 for arraignment in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh.     
                Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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