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Zion teens charged in infant son's death

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By Daily Herald report

Two Zion teenagers have been charged in relation to the beating death of their infant son, officials said.

The baby's father, Victor Salinas-Corona, 17, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, while the baby's mother, Aurora Escamilla, 19, was charged with one count of endangering the life of a child.

At about 4 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Zion police and fire responded to the 2600 block of Horeb Avenue for a call of a 5-month-old boy not breathing. The baby was transported to Vista East Hospital in Waukegan where he was later pronounced dead, according to a news release Sunday.

The autopsy performed by the Lake County coroner's office showed the baby died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

After interviews with the teens' family members and a death investigation, Salinas-Corona and Escamilla were charged in the baby's death, police said.

Salinas-Corona's bail was set at $2 million, and he is being held at the Lake County jail awaiting trial.

Escamilla's bail was set at $100,000, according to Zion police.

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