EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The East Peoria Police Department confirmed the four-year-old boy who was taken to the hospital in cardiac arrest earlier this week said he is now on a ventilator.
On Friday, investigators said they are not classifying the incident as a child abuse case, but do say that could change. Emergency crews on Tuesday were called to the 100 block of Jefferson Court in East Peoria for a report of a child in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, police were then contacted “due to the nature of the injuries observed” at the scene.
The child, who also had “serious injuries” on his body, was transported by ambulance to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
East Peoria Police Chief Steve Roegge sent the following statement at 3:18 p.m. Friday:
At this time the East Peoria Police Department in conjunction with the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s office are continuing the investigation into the incident that occurred at 109 Jefferson Court, February 18, 2020, in which a 4 year-old male in cardiac arrest was transported to the hospital. All questions in reference to this investigation shall be directed to the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s office.Chief Roegge
Investigators said they are interviewing members of the family.