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
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