Bellwood Man Starts GoFundMe To Bury Baby Daughter Slain In Joliet

Thursday, January 4, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews || Updated: 8:32 p.m.

Featured image: The photo of Cherish Freeman, included in a GoFundMe post created by her father, Justin Freeman. | Justin Freeman/GoFundMe 

A Bellwood man has started a GoFundMe campaign in order to pay for the funeral and burial of his 8-month-old daughter, who police say was fatally beaten by her mother in a Joliet motel last month.

According to multiple media reports, police showed up to the Bel-Air Motel in Joliet at around 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, in response to reports of a baby who was not breathing.

ABC 7 reported that first responders took the infant, Cherish Freeman, to a Joliet hospital before she was airlifted to another hospital in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 10:10 p.m. on Dec. 24, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

According to a report in the Herald News, Freeman — who was living in the motel with her mother, Shanquilla Shantell Garvey, and two sisters — was found with skull fractures, “bleeding on her brain, a lacerated liver and a fractured clavicle.”

An assistant state’s attorney said that “some of the injuries appeared to be from earlier incidents.”

Garvey was charged with first degree murder on Dec. 27. The Herald News reported that the baby’s father, Justin Freeman, of Bellwood, “acknowledged paternity of Garvey’s child in August.”

Freeman, who wasn’t involved in the crime, has so far raised $1,243 of a $5,000 goal. He created the campaign on Dec. 28.

According to the Herald News, Freeman posted on Facebook in December: “Right now my pain runs deeper then the ocean.”

According to a report in the Joliet Patch, funeral arrangements for the infant daughter of a Bellwood man who law enforcement authorities say was murdered by her mother in a Joliet motel have been set.

Justin Freeman, of Bellwood, said that services for his daughter, baby of Cherish Freeman, who was not quite 10 months old, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at Smith & Thomas Funeral Home, 212 N. 2nd Ave., in Maywood. VFP 

To read the ABC 7 report in full, click here. To read the Herald News report, click here. To see Freeman’s GoFundMe campaign, click here

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8 thoughts on “Bellwood Man Starts GoFundMe To Bury Baby Daughter Slain In Joliet”

  1. I am sorry, but where was the father in all of this and if some of this is previous injuries then I have no sympathy for him. Most of these cases where a child/infant is neglected, there are previous signs and nothing is done, if DCFS won’t do their job then the family members should be.

    1. First and foremost I was in Bellwood il being avioded by the mother which stay in Joliet with her boyfriend reports fail to say that part but the proof is here

      1. If only I could upload how she avoided me and how many hotels I went to in Joliet looking for my daughter and how many times I hop on the bus to go 5 hours total just to be sent off so was I trying to contact the mother yes but she was moving from hotel to hotel with her boyfriend it took me to make a fake page on face book to get in contact with her and when she fought out it was me she blocked me so yea the last 5 months of my daughters life I was looking for her and was trying to get her hell I was the one who call dcfs about her other kids so before u speak know facts JANET

  2. Janet, do you know how ridiculous you sound? Are you and your spouse ALWAYS together? No? Exactly! So what do you mean by “where was the father?” Why ASSume this Dad wasn’t there for his child? Maybe he wasn’t there at those times her mother was being abusive. Also, I’m sure you do know that all parents DO NOT live together. And even if the parents were together, those “previous” injuries that precious baby sustained were all internal, so how would he know that her irresponsible mother was abusing her?

  3. It’s such a shame that these young lives are not given a chance. I believe that we are living in a world of me first. Parents don’t put what is truly precious first, and they don’t believe in the gift of greatness each child holds. My condolences. Much love to all.

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