New details released in the death of a McLean County toddler

By Alyssa Donovan

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 9:51 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Authorities in McLean County Law detailed Friday how a 3-year-old boy died in Normal this week and the murder charges a 23-year old man from Colfax is facing.

Nicholas Compton, 23, of Colfax has been charged with murder and aggravated domestic battery.

The victim, Robbie Cramer, 3, of Normal, died Tuesday morning. Autopsy results show Robbie was struck in his abdomen with such force it caused an internal laceration. That led to sepsis, deadly bacteria invading the body.

Compton is charged with three counts of murder. One of those counts alleges the killing came during the commission of aggravated domestic battery.

“That is a result because at the time we arrived Mr. Compton was Robert Cramer's caregiver. He was his caregiver at that time," said Normal Police Department Chief Rick Bleichner.

The Normal Police Department is working closely with the Coroner's office and the State's Attorneys office in the investigation.

First Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman said a murder felony usually has a 20 to 60 year range unless the defendant qualifies for an extended term.

"In this case he would qualify for an extended term because of the age of the victim. The victim is under 12 years of age so he does qualify for a possible extended term of between 60 and 100 years," said Workman.

Workman said the investigation is ongoing.