A man has been charged with murder after beating 6-year-old Jayceon Wright to death last month in Round Lake Beach.
Jayceon’s mother’s boyfriend, Tracy Thomas, 34, was originally charged with aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery, but Lake County prosecutors have since filed an additional first-degree murder charge. , the office announced on Wednesday.
The murder charges were filed after an autopsy revealed multiple injuries from an assault, according to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
On Feb. 21, Jayceon was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville after his mother found him unconscious at their home, according to Round Lake Beach police.
Jayceon suffered significant head trauma and was pronounced dead four days later, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Thomas surrendered on February 25 and was posted $500,000 bond for the battery charges.
He is due to appear in court again on Wednesday.