A 32-year-old McHenry man was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to intentionally causing severe injuries to a two-week-old baby in McHenry.
Richard P. Peter Jr., 32, of the 4500 block of Spruce Lane in McHenry, was indicted with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a Class X felony, aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony, and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a Class 3 felony.
A criminal complaint said that Peter grabbed a two-week-old baby and hit the child’s head on an object on February 10, 2020.
The child suffered a skull fracture and a subdural hematoma, the complaint said.
The child also suffered four rib fractures during the incident.
Peter was arrested at the end of February 2020 and a judge set his bond at $150,000.
He posted $15,000, or 10% of his bond, and was released from jail.
Court records show Peter entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a Class 3 felony, in exchange for all of his other charges, which included a Class X felony, being dismissed.
On Wednesday, McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Peter to two years of probation.
He will also have to pay $3,173 in court fees and fines and undergo psychological and anger management, along with parenting education.
Coppedge said in his sentencing order that Peter would not have to serve any time in jail if he successfully completed the clinic evaluations and counseling.
Peter will have to register with the Illinois Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act.