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In a recent article, Mt. Vernon Register-News states that neglect or abuse contributed to the deaths of 90 children in 2012, not including 60 recently reported deaths still under investigation.

Child deaths due to abuse and/or neglect occurred in all parts of the state equally, including Chicago, the suburbs, and downstate Illinois, according to a report by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS).

Almost half of these deaths were due to suffocation caused by unsafe sleeping conditions, reports state.

Milton Bradley, 34, has been charged with abusing his estranged wife on January 11, according to this article from ABC news.

Bradley, a former Chicago Cubs outfielder, faces 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report. He could receive up to 13 years in prison and $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted.

There have been other instances of domestic disturbance between Bradley and his wife. In 2011 and 2012, prosecutors say he threatened his wife five times—and was arrested twice in 2011. Although the wife has given details of certain encounters, Bradley maintains that she’s lying about the alleged abuse. He told his lawyer that “she's making up stories. I don't know what she's talking about.” Some of the allegations include Bradley kicking his wife in the ribs, threatening her with a knife, and choking her after she asked that he not smoke marijuana in front of their two kids. Currently, the two are in the middle of a contentious divorce.

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According to the Sun Times, Cicero President, Larry Dominick’s wife has filed for divorce. She claims abuse as her reasoning for the divorce. Elizabeth Dominick was a long standing director of the health clinic until recently.

Mrs. Dominick left her job earlier this year claiming she was facing abusive behavior at her work and didn’t want to deal with it anymore. She seemed happy with her marriage and no one seemed to expect her to file for divorce for this reason or any other at this time. There have been some questions revolving around the sudden circumstances that led to the divorce.

There was some question as to whether she was filing for divorce because of the recent FBI activity that is centered her husband and on the way that the city is being run. She claims this is not the reason and that she is just seeking a divorce for her own reasons. She claims that she only spoke to the FBI one time and that was for a different reason altogether.

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