LOCKPORT MAN ARRESTED IN BEATING OF SLEEPING 10-YEAR-OLD BOY
Monday, July 8, 2013
—A 29-year-old Lockport man has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery for beating a 10-year-old boy while he slept, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.
Nathan Hiatt’s bond was set at $250,000 during his court appearance on Sunday. As of Monday afternoon, Hiatt remained in custody at Cook County Jail in lieu of posting bail.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police received a call about 1 a.m. Saturday reporting that a man, for unknown reasons, struck the boy with a metal fireplace shovel while he slept in the 15100 block of 131st Street in unincorporated Lemont. His 36-year-old father awoke to the child’s screams, and when he shielded the boy from the blows, the father was hit as well. The offender left the house through the back door.
The homeowner awoke to the noise, saw blood, and called 9-1-1. Sheriff’s Police were given a description of the offender, which matched that of Hiatt’s. Officers responded within minutes and located Hiatt in the yard, under a tree.
The man and his son were treated at an area hospital for their injuries and were later released.
Sheriff’s Police detectives learned that the victims and Hiatt attended a get together hosted by the homeowner on Friday afternoon.
Hiatt was arrested and charged Saturday with two counts of felony aggravated battery.
His next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Bridgeview Courthouse.
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.