Mother Arrested in Homicide of 3-Year-Old Elk Grove Boy, Who Was Abducted Valentine’s Day 2017


Joy Ramos, 22, of the block of 900 block of Perrie Drive in Elk Grove Village faces a murder charge and two counts of aggravated battery to a child, following the death of her 3-year-old son.

An autopsy performed by the Cook County Medical Examiner Thursday determined Steven Figueroa died of blunt abdominal trauma from an assault. His death was ruled a homicide.

Steven Figueroa, Jr, who lived and was assaulted in the block of 900 Perrie Drive in Elk Grove Village, was pronounced dead at 10:27 am. Wednesday at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.

Elk Grove Village police said Ramos brought her son, Steven Figueroa, to Alexian Brothers Medical Center at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday where he died. The boy was unresponsive and not breathing, authorities said.

Police are questioning an Elk Grove Village resident and relative about the fatal beating of the 3-year-old boy. Elk Grove Village police and firefighter/paramedics were not aware of any trouble related to the victim, prior to the homicide. Police and firefighter/paramedics were not called before the victim reached the hospital.

However, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017 police were involved in a case when Steven Figueroa, then 2-years-old, was reported abducted by non-custodial parent Steven O. Figueroa, then age 24.

Police were told Figueroa forced his way into the child’s mother’s home on Perrie Drive and removed Steven Figueroa, Jr. He allegedly fled the scene with the 2-year-old in a gold 2004 Suzuki SL7 about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 — Valentine’s Day. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Landmeier Road from Perrie Drive in Elk Grove Village. Police were searching for the man and boy, while Steven O. Figueroa was wanted for investigation of Parental Abduction and Domestic Battery.

An hour later, the suspect’s vehicle was located near Hassell Road and Greenfield Road in Hoffman Estates — a residential neighborhood. Steven Figueroa, Jr was located in the gold Suzuki SL7, but Steven O. Figueroa allegedly fled the scene in a white 1999 Toyota Camry with a black bumper, hood and fenders.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office Friday, September 15, 2017 approved the criminal charges of one count of homicide and two counts of aggravated battery to a child against Joy Ramos, 5’4″ 136 LBS.

Following the homicide charge, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has been investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of Joy Ramos.

A crowdfunding page was set up by Steven Figueroa Sr to “Help give Baby Steven a proper funeral and goodbye”. The YOUCARING page raised $2,570 by 10:00 a.m. Saturday September 16, 2017.

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