Crime & Courts

Chicago man charged with endangering life of child after woman attacked with broomstick

DeKALB – A Chicago man is facing charges after allegedly punching a woman and hitting her with a broomstick while she was holding a child, prosecutors say.

Kenny J. Hayes, 32, of the 3000 block of West Grenshaw Avenue in Chicago, was arrested and charged with domestic battery, resisting a peace officer and endangering the life or health of a child, all Class A misdemeanors. If convicted of any of the charges, Hayes could face up to a year in jail.

According to DeKalb County court documents, DeKalb police were called after a 911 hang up at 4:26 p.m. Sunday.

“Multiple 911 calls were made but dispatch was not able to make verbal contact with anyone,” court documents state.

Police allegedly heard Hayes and a woman he knows yelling inside an apartment in the 800 block of Crane Drive in DeKalb, according to court documents. The woman told police Hayes allegedly hit her in the mouth with a closed fist.

“Prior to [police] gathering more information, [Hayes] ran out the back door and fled west bound on Crane Drive,” court documents state.

Police caught up with Hayes and arrested him, records show.

“[Hayes] battered [the woman] with a broomstick while [the woman] was holding [the child] in her arms,” court documents state.

DeKalb County Judge Marcy Buick set a $7,500 recognizance bond for Hayes, meaning Hayes would be released on his own signature, in open court Tuesday afternoon. Buick also ordered Hayes to be placed on electronic home monitoring after being released from jail and to not have any contact with the woman or to come to the residence until further court order.

Hayes is due back in court 11 a.m. March 22.

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon covers local government and breaking news for DeKalb County in Illinois. She has covered local government news for Shaw Media since 2018 and has had bylines in Daily Chronicle, Kendall County Record newspapers, Northwest Herald and in public radio over the years.