Moline mother facing murder charges in son's death

(Moline, IL) -- A Moline mother is arrested on murder charges in connection to the death of her 15 year old son.

Moline Police arrested 34 year old Jennifer Keim on a first degree murders charge on Monday. Investigators say the arrest is the result of a four month-long criminal investigation.

In November 2020, police say they were contacted by an area hospital emergency department after a severely disabled boy was brought to their facility for emergency care. Police say hospital staff found the boy to be extremely dehydrated, emaciated and had severe open wounds that had not been properly treated. Investigators say after being brought to the hospital, the child went into cardiopulmonary arrest and later died.

Following the boy's death, the Rock Island County Coroner’s Officer, the Moline Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began an investigation.

The investigation included numerous interviews, consultations with medical professionals and an in-depth examination of the child’s medical records and past medical treatment. Moline Police say the investigation found a consistent pattern of medical and physical neglect, which led to the child’s death. The autopsy ruled the child’s manner of death to be complications from chronic malnutrition and dehydration due to underlying physical neglect.

Jennifer Keim is being held in the Rock Island County Jail on a $2 million dollar bond.

(Photo by KWQC / Moline Police Department)

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