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Charges: Abused boy left untreated over fear of DCFS

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:14 a.m. CST

BLOOMINGTON — The mother of a boy who died last week and her boyfriend considered taking the youngster to a hospital more than a month ago, but they decided against it because they feared medical personnel “would see all of his bruises” and call child welfare authorities, according to the McLean County state’s attorney’s office.

Danielle Fisher, 22, of Normal appeared in court Monday, sobbing as a judge confirmed that she must post $50,025 to be released from jail on two counts of child endangerment. An April 19 arraignment is scheduled.

She was arrested Friday on charges that accuse her of endangering the life of her son, 3-year-old Robert “Robbie” Cramer. The charges allege she had knowledge of ongoing abuse of the boy by her boyfriend, Nicholas Compton, 23, and failing to take the child for appropriate medical care.

Compton, 23, of Normal is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery, and must post $100,025 to be released from jail.

Results of an autopsy attributed the boy’s March 26 death to blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

According to court records, Fischer noticed bruises on the child after he was previously left with Compton. She photographed the injuries as early as February.

In mid-March, Compton told Fisher that new bruises were caused by a fall in the bathtub, said the prosecutor’s statement. Compton also told Fischer a facial injury was caused when the boy “shaved” with his mother’s razor — an explanation that authorities said did not match the injury the child suffered.

The two adults talked about taking the boy to the hospital, but did not out of fear the state Department of Children and Family Services would become involved, said court documents.

Police said the child was with Compton when emergency responders were called March 26 to a home where the three were living in the 200 block of Cambridge Drive in Normal for a report of a child having seizures.

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