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Arrest for murder in Beardstown Illinois death investigation

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[November 19, 2014]  BEARDSTOWN- On November 1, 2014, an autopsy on the eight month old victim, from Beardstown, was conducted in McLean County. The preliminary results of the autopsy revealed injuries consistent with blunt force trauma and third degree burns to the victim.

The live in boyfriend, Jose M. Nieto-Roman, 28 of Beardstown, Illinois, was identified as a person of interest and is currently in custody at the Morgan County Jail for Child Endangerment. Nieto-Roman was held for several days at a local hospital after being treated for stab wounds he inflicted upon himself.

Today, the Cass County States Attorney issued an arrest warrant for two counts of Murder and one count Aggravated Battery to a Child. The warrant has a $5 million dollar bond. Agents from the Zone 4 Pittsfield Office served the warrant on Nieto-Roman at the Morgan County Jail.

The investigation is continuing by the Illinois State Police Zone 4, Beardstown Police Department, the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Additional press inquiries may be directed to Cass County States Attorney Matt Mayes.

The public is reminded that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

[Illinois State Police]


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