Saturday, May 1, 2021
Bond Set at $500,000 for Plano Woman Charged with Dropping Five-Year-Old Daughter of Six-Story Parking Garage
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
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.