First Degree Murder Charges Filed Against Caregiver in Death of Round Lake Beach Child

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Tracy D. Thomas, Jr., First Degree Murder Suspect (SOURCE: Lake County State's Attorney's Office)
Tracy D. Thomas, Jr., First Degree Murder Suspect (SOURCE: Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office).

(Lake County, IL) – Today, March 9, 2022 the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed first degree murder charges against Tracy D. Thomas Jr. after the child he physically abused died on Friday, February 25.

On Thursday, February 24, 2022 prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Thomas and filed Class X felony charges of Aggravated Battery to a Child and Aggravated Domestic Battery. The case was initiated after Round Lake Beach Police were called to a local hospital after the 6-year-old boy was admitted with injuries earlier in the week.

On the morning of Friday, Feb. 25, the Honorable Judge Christopher Lombardo set a bond of $500,000 on the Aggravated Battery to Child and Aggravated Domestic Battery charges. Thomas did not post cash bond between February 25 and today.

The murder charges were filed after the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office received information from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office that the autopsy revealed multiple injuries from an assault.

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric F. Rinehart stated, “I’d like to thank the detectives of the Round Lake Beach Police Department and the forensic investigators and victim advocates of the Children’s Advocacy Center for their diligent work in this heartbreaking case.”

He continued, “For the second time this year, our county is reeling from the murder of a child. Rage can never justify harm – period. Our office will not hesitate to prosecute parents and caregivers who abuse children. Our office will also continue to advocate for victim’s rights in the legislature and in court, and support policies that address the root causes of crime.”

Authorities are not releasing the name of the child at this time.

Tracy Thomas had only previously been charged with unrelated misdemeanors in Illinois and Georgia.

Thomas is expected to appear in court on Thursday, March 10 at 10AM.



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