CHICAGO | A Lynwood man in Cook County Jail who was set to appear in court Tuesday on charges he killed his 8-month-old son was found hanged in his jail cell Sunday night, authorities said.
Enoch Hayslett, 27, was found alone hanging in his cell at 8:20 p.m. Sunday and there was no evidence of foul play, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Police said. Officers attempted to resuscitate him and he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m. of an apparent suicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Hayslett was scheduled to appear in the Markham courthouse on Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for the clerk of the circuit court. He was in jail on $3 million bond facing 17 charges related to the death of his son, including first-degree murder, aggravated battery to a child and aggravated domestic battery.
Hayslett's 8-month-old son, Lamar, was found in a bathtub filled with water Dec. 12, and family members initially told police they found him drowning in the tub. The boy was pronounced dead that same night at The Community Hospital in Munster.
But Lynwood Police Chief Michael Mears said an autopsy ultimately determined the boy died as a result of injuries from physical blows to his body, including a skull fracture.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services took custody of Hayslett's three other children in December.