Peoria man charged in connected to son's death, Abuse and neglect apparent

By Audrey Williams

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 9:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Details of abuse and neglect are coming to light in the case of a Peoria man charged in connection with the death of his son.

Darnell Hunter Senior is charged with criminal neglect of a disabled person and remains in Peoria County jail Friday night.

Police said on February 20th Hunter Senior called an ambulance to his home because his son, Darnell Hunter Junior, was unresponsive. Hunter Junior died in the hospital less than 24 hours later.

Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady said the young man was mentally disabled. Authorities say he appeared dirty, disheveled and malnourished.

"The horrific part of this is that the youngster was placed in a circumstance living similar to an animal, at a place on linoleum where he was by the front door where he was sleeping. That's a horrific circumstance for individual to have to endure," said Brady.

Brady said Hunter Junior died of sepsis, pneumonia and other stomach ailments.

If convicted, Hunter Senior faces 3-13 years in prison. Bond was set Friday afternoon at $200,000.