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June 19, 2019

Illinois man accused of fatally beating 4-year-old girl for spilling juice on Xbox facing life behind bars

January 12, 2019
Jonathan Fair was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder by a Lake County Grand Jury this week, an upgrade from his previous charges of aggravated battery, according to the Lake County News-Sun. (Waukegan Police Department)

An Illinois man accused of beating a 4-year-old girl to death after she spilled juice on his Xbox is facing a life behind bars, according prosecutors.

Jonathan Fair was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder by a Lake County Grand Jury this week, an upgrade from his previous charges of aggravated battery, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

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If convicted on the murder charges, Fair faces a minimum of 60 years behind bars. But Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Scheller said the state intends to seek life in prison for the “heinous” crime should the case go to trial.

Waukegan police responded to Vista Hospital around 11:30 p.m. the night of Dec. 13 for a report of a child with a head injury. Police said Fair told them he was babysitting Skylar Mendez, his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter, when she fell and hit her head.

He later admitted to shaking her “really hard” and said beat her as punishment for spilling her drink. Fair also allegedly kicked her down the hallway of the home, according to Scheller.

Police said Fair took the girl to a local hospital after she passed out from the attack, but Skylar died a few days later at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago following a failed attempt to relieve the swelling in her brain.

Scheller said doctors have also confirmed previous signs of abuse and shaking dating back at least several months.

The 19-year-old suspect is being held at the Lake County Jail on $5 million bond.

His arraignment is slated for Feb. 17

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