A 23-year-old man kicked a 4-year-old boy in the face at the Belmont CTA station in Lakeview early Friday, according to police and prosecutors. Felony charges have been filed.
The boy and his 20-year-old mother were on a Brown Line train that pulled into the station around 1:15 a.m. When the doors opened, the woman noticed two men fighting on the platform, and she looked out the train doors to see what was going on, prosecutors said Saturday.
They said one of the men, Calvin Williams, walked onto her train car and kicked her young son in the face.
The mother struck Williams on his shoulder and then continued hitting him on the platform until police arrived to break them up, authorities said. Officers took Williams into custody.
An ambulance took the boy to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was given pain medication, but he did not appear to have severe injuries, according to prosecutors.
A CPD spokesperson said he had a cut to his chin and facial bruising.
Prosecutors charged Williams, age 23, with felony aggravated battery of a child.
“This individual was four-years-old?” Judge Arthur Willis asked after hearing the allegations. When prosecutors confirmed the boy’s age, Willis said he found that “extremely aggravating.”
The judge ordered Williams held in lieu of $100,000 bail and said he must go onto electronic monitoring if he can post the required $10,000 deposit to get out of jail.
Williams has four felony convictions, including two for burglary and one for a 2015 hate crime, prosecutors said.