Crystal Lake woman accused of fracturing baby’s ribs, operating unlicensed day care detained pretrial

Police allege Ann Migliorato, 61, injured a child

Ann Migliorato, charged in April 2024 with aggravated battery to a child in McHenry County.

An 11-month-old baby could be heard crying in a video played during a McHenry County court hearing Saturday, where a Crystal Lake woman accused of fracturing the child’s ribs in her unlicensed day care was ordered detained.

Ann Migliorato, 61, was detained on charges of aggravated battery to a baby causing great bodily harm, a Class X felony, and operating a child care facility without a license, according to the criminal complaint filed with the court.

Migliorato allegedly was operating an unlicensed day care in her home, where she allowed her grandson, a registered sex offender, to supervise children, McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Miller said in arguing that she be detained pretrial. Miller also said Migliorato signed off on a court order in a case requiring the grandson to register as a sex offender.

Miller said the day care was licensed but the license had been revoked last year.

The video played during the hearing was taken by another child in the day care. The video allegedly showed Migliorato putting her body weight on the alleged victim.

Assistant Public Defender Matthew Feda said that what was being alleged was “tragic” and “horrific,” and he argued for pretrial release with conditions such as electronic monitoring.

Authorities in a McHenry County criminal complaint allege that Migliorato applied pressure to the chest of an 11-month-old child in her care, causing fracture to a rib or ribs, and applying pressure to the baby’s neck, causing loss of oxygen.

Crystal Lake police said in a news release that they received a tip about 11 a.m. April 15 from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that an alleged aggravated battery may have occurred in the 1400 block of Woodscreek Circle.

Police said Migliorato was arrested “without incident.”

She is due in court Tuesday.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the child has mental disabilities.