On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the Fairview Heights Police Department was notified that a 3-year old was now in the emergency room at Cardinal Glennon Hospital, the victim of a BB gun shot to the forehead.
Detectives later learned the female toddler along with three other siblings had been left in the care of 20-year old Chauntez Cage, a friend of the family approximately one to two weeks ago. While in Cage’s care the toddler was shot in the forehead with a BB gun. Cage had told the toddler’s mother it was accidental and the BB did not penetrate the skin. At the time, there was swelling, but it did not appear to have caused significant injury to the child.
While at the hospital on another matter the toddler’s mother decided to have an exam completed on her child. It was found that the BB was still lodged behind the skin of the forehead and would require surgery to remove.
During the investigation, detectives found that Cage pointed the BB gun intentionally at the toddler and pulled the trigger not knowing there was a BB in the chamber of the airgun.
On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the case was presented to the St. Clair County State Attorney, Brendan Kelly’s office for review. Cage, who was being held in police custody was charged with one felony count of reckless conduct; his bond was set at $10,000. Unable to post bond, Cage was transported to the St. Clair County Jail.
*All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.