A mother and her boyfriend face aggravated battery charges in connection to the severe beating of the woman’s 4-year-old son.
Amy Pherigo, 31, the boy’s mother, and Jose A. Morales, 26, Pherigo’s boyfriend
A Chicago police detective arrived at the boy’s home on the 4400 block of South Fairfield Avenue on April 29 to investigate an anonymous tip called in to the Illinois Department of Children and Family ServicesKent.
The boy was found lying in bed with his eyes swollen shut and multiple facial bruises.
He was taken to a hospital and treated for a brain injury, fractured ribs, a lacerated liver and spleen, a left cheek wound and severe facial bruising and swelling.
He also suffered severe bruising on his arms, legs and back, as well as deep scratches to his back and left heel.
The boy is believed to have sustained the injuries during March and April, according to court records.
Pherigo claimed the boy was injured when he fell down the stairs but medical personnel found the injuries to be inconsistent with such a fall.
A witness and sibling of the boy said Pherigo had put make-up on the boy to mask his bruises.
Another witness saw Morales use fingernail clippers on the boy’s legs, causing lacerationsKent.
The boy identified Morales as the person who hit him during an interview at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center.
Pherigo, a healthcare worker at Bridgeview Health Care Center, also made incriminating statements to a witness