West Town Couple Charged With Felony Child Abuse

By Erica Demarest on February 9, 2013 11:55am 

 Priscilla Forys, 22 and Julian Hernandez, 21, are charged with felony child abuse.
Priscilla Forys, 22 and Julian Hernandez, 21, are charged with felony child abuse.
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Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Two West Town residents have been charged with felony child abuse after allegedly injuring and neglecting two small children, authorities said.

Priscilla Forys, 22, and Julian Hernandez, 21, of the 2300 block of West Grand Avenue, were charged with child abuse after authorities determined they inflicted harm on Forys’ children: a 3-year-old girl and 8-month-old boy.

Police first suspected foul play when Forys brought her son to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, where staff recorded multiple fractures, burns and malnourishment, police said in a statement.

Chicago Police and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) launched a joint investigation Jan. 30.

Forys’ 3-year-old daughter was malnourished and displayed multiple injuries, police said.

Forys and Hernandez were taken into custody Wednesday. Each is charged with felony aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and misdemeanor endangering the life/health of a child. Forys also faces charged for misdemeanor contributing to the neglect of a child.

Both are slated to appear in bond court today, police said.

The children are in DCFS custody.

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