SHILOH POLICE DEPARTMENT
November 22, 2017
Case Number: #17-1462
Contact: Detective Sergeant Jesse Phillips
Contact Number: 618-632-9047
On 11/20/2017 at 5:38am Shiloh Police Officers responded to a call at Memorial Hospital East at 1404 Cross Street in Shiloh in reference to a child that had allegedly been found in a dumpster in the 500 block of Williamsburg Drive in Shiloh. The female infant, less than one month old had sustained multiple, very serious injuries. Officers met with the person who claimed to have found the child in the dumpster and learned through investigation that this person was actually the father of the child and determined it was never actually in a dumpster. During the investigation the mother of the child (girlfriend of the reporting person) was also located hiding in the back seat of the reporting person’s vehicle and was interviewed. Both parents were subsequently taken into custody. The child remained at Memorial Hospital in stable, but serious condition. The Department of Children and Family Services was contacted and responded.
On 11/21/2017, Detective Phillips presented this case to St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney Bernadette Schrempp who charged the father, MATTHEW D. ESPINO-TONCHE, 21, and the mother, ELYSSA A. ARELLANO, 19, both of Shiloh with 1 count each of AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO A CHILD WITH GREAT BODILY HARM (A Class X Felony) and 1 count each of CAUSING A CHILD TO BE ENDANGERED (A class A Misdemeanor).
Judge Heinz Rudolf set bond at $250,000.00 each. ESPINO-TONCHE and ARELLANO were remanded to the St. Clair County Jail.
*All persons are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.