North Chicago police officers are being credited for their fast action in safely locating an abducted 1-month-old baby and arresting the man who allegedly took him last Wednesday.
Adoniel D. Hoskins, 23, of the 500 block of 25th Avenue in Bellwood, was charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and child abduction, a Class 4 felony.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Lake County Circuit Court, the incident occurred around 11:55 a.m. on May 19 in the 0-100 block of Prairie View Court in North Chicago.
Hoskins allegedly unlawfully entered a woman’s apartment with the intent to commit a felony, the complaint said.
Hoskins allegedly took a 1-month-old child from the residence without the consent of the mother.
Hoskins is the putative father of the child, the complaint said. A putative father is someone who claims to be the father of a child but is not the legal father.
Officers with the North Chicago Police Department arrested Hoskins shortly after the incident and also found the baby safe.
“The fast action, teamwork, and smart thinking by our officers helped this situation end quickly and peacefully,” North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr. said.
North Chicago Police Chief Lazaro Perez said that the incident moved quickly.
“One of the responding officers was working to get an AMBER Alert issued for the missing baby, however our officers were able to safely recover the boy before the alert could even be issued,” Perez said.
Those who assisted in the search included North Chicago Police Officer Ryan Brown, Officer Robert Pounds, Officer Devon Tolver, Officer Donald Florance along with K-9 Six, Detective Michael Mueller and Sergeant Ben Fapso.
On Thursday, Lake County Judge Paul Novak ordered Hoskins held in the Lake County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
In addition to Hoskins’s charges, he also had three outstanding arrest warrants.
Hoskins would need to post $25,000 cash in order to be released. He is scheduled to appear in court again on June 9 for a preliminary hearing.