Vernon Henry charged with murder in death of burned baby

Vernon Henry /Photo from Chicago Police
Vernon Henry / Photo from Chicago Police

Vernon Henry has been charged with the murder for the death of 20-month-old Adonta McCoy, who was burned Thursday in the South Shore neighborhood.

The baby suffered burns to the head, face and chest in the 6900 block of South Cornell Avenue about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, police said. The baby died Saturday morning.

Detectives believe Henry, 26, of the 6600 block of South Paulina Street, was responsible for the injuries and he was charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Police declined further comment about how the boy was injured.

McCoy, also of the 6900 block of South Cornell Avenue, boy was initially taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, authorities said.

The state Department of Child & Family Services initially said it was investigating the boy’s mother for allegations of neglect, spokeswoman Veronica Resa said.

The agency has had no prior reports regarding the family, and there are no other children in the home, she said.

Henry is scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday.

— Sun-Times Media Wire

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