A central Illinois man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece so badly that he broke her leg in half while babysitting her last summer.
Kahlus Adams of Morton pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm. The attack left the child with a leg broken in half, a broken arm and a bleeding brain.
Prosecutors say the 21-year-old Adams attacked the toddler when she wouldn't stop crying as he watched her and her siblings for their parents, one of which is Adams’ sister, on Aug. 11, 2017. The child was hospitalized for several days with the injuries that also included facial abrasions and bruises.
Adams and his wife initially claimed that the toddler got hurt after falling off a couch, according to the Peoria Journal Star in Peoria, Illinois. The wife was not present during the attack and she has not faced any charges, according to police. A doctor said that the child suffered injuries that are inconsistent with a couch fall.
Adams later admitted to throwing a filled sippy cup at the child’s face before throwing her against a wall and freezer. The little girl responded to the attack by “shaking severely,” according to the Peoria Journal Star. Adam then said he twisted her leg until her femur broke in half.
While each aggravated battery count carries six to 30 years behind bars, Adams will serve the terms concurrently under a plea agreement. He is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 5, and must serve at least 85 percent of prison time.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photo: Morton Police Department]