Aurora police have arrested and charged a 31-year-old man as the result of an extensive child abuse investigation. The investigation revealed the arrestee battered and caused injuries, some being serious, to both of his young children.
Earlier this year, Aurora Police were contacted by the Department of Children and Family Services regarding a report of possible child abuse which occurred in Aurora. Detectives specialized in child abuse in Aurora Police Investigation’s Division began investigating the case.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that 31-year-old Ross Hunt, of the 2000 block of West Illinois Avenue in Aurora, had been abusing both of his children while they remained under his care.
Both children are under the age of 10, and one has special needs due to a serious medical condition.
On one occasion, detectives learned that Hunt became angry after his child with special needs vomited. Hunt then battered and caused injury to this child while in the presence of the victim’s younger sibling.
After this incident, detectives learned Hunt then instructed the younger sibling to punch his brother in the head for vomiting. When this child refused to comply with Hunt’s demands, police said Hunt took the younger child into another room and held parts of his body under hot water causing burn injuries.
Several witnesses played a vital role in this investigation which assisted detectives as they collaborated with multiple agencies involved in protecting the two children from any further imminent risk of harm.
The Kane County States Attorney’s Office Abuse and Neglect Division, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Department of Children and Family Services worked diligently to ensure the safety and welfare of the children.
The case was presented to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office who authorized the following charges against Ross Hunt:
- Three Class 3 felony charges of Aggravated Battery (Bodily Harm with Victim under 13)
- Two Class A misdemeanor charges of Domestic Battery Which Causes Bodily Harm
- Two Class A misdemeanor charges of Domestic Battery With Physical Contact
- Two Class A misdemeanor charges of Child Endangerment
Hunt was arrested by Aurora police officers without incident.
Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendant listed in this release is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release