A father was charged with killing his newborn son after the infant died of a massive infection 11 days after he suffered an internal injury while alone at home with his father.
Arthur Carpenter, 22, of the 100 block of East 111th Street in the Roseland
neighborhood on the Far South Side, was watching his 28-day-old son while the
child's mother went to school on the morning of Oct. 31.
The boy was identified as Jahki Carpenter, of the 100 block of East 117th
Place, where he was fatally injured.
The mother left her home on East 117th Place about 8:45 a.m. Oct. 31, and
returned about 11:15 a.m., according to police. When the mother returned home,
the baby was fussy and crying a lot.
She twice saw the baby spit up some blood and decided to take him to the
hospital. As she buckled him into the car, the mother noticed
bruises and scratches on the newborn's face and returned inside the home to
At Trinity Hospital, doctors found the boy had an esophageal tear about 10
centimeters from the boy's lips. Prosecutors said the injury was consistent with
an adult's finger causing the injury. The boy was later transferred to Comer
Children's Hospital, where he remained until his death.
The boy died on Nov. 11 when his lungs stopped working due to septic shock. He was declared dead at 11:50 a.m. that day.
The Cook County medical examiner's office concluded the boy's death was a
homicide and the result of child abuse