Dominque Smith faces one felony count of endangering the life and health of a child

By Tara Fowler
Updated January 27, 2015 12:50 PM
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A Chicago mother was charged with one felony count of endangering the life and health of a child after her boyfriend beat her 16-month-old son to death.

Prosecutors say Dominique Smith, 24, left the boy and her three other children, ranging in age from 2 to 5, with Dantis Porter, 28, on a number of occasions, according to the Chicago Tribune.

On Dec. 23, Smith came home from work to find that the 16-month-old, known as B.J., had burns on his legs. But she did not take him to the hospital, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Instead, she allowed Porter to babysit the children again two days later, this time arriving home to find that B.J. had fresh burns on his torso. Still, she did nothing, in spite of the urging of her relatives, according to the Sun-Times.

Finally, on Jan. 6, Smith discovered her son slumped over in his stroller and told Porter to call for help.

He was taken to University of Chicago Comer s Children s Hospital that evening, where he died three days later.

Prosecutors said that B.J. was beaten so badly, part of his skull broke off in the medical examiner’s hands during the autopsy, according to the Sun-Times.

Smith told officers she was aware of her son’s injuries but didn’t want to take him to the hospital because she was afraid he’d be taken from her.

Porter has been charged with first-degree murder.