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DCFS finds ‘no credible evidence’ of child abuse

December 21, 2017

DIXON – There is “no credible evidence” that the man who shot and killed his 5 year-old son and then himself on Sept. 18 abused another child, the DCFS has said.

Michael Roberts, 33, of Dixon, had been granted primary custody Christopher, a student at St. Anne Catholic School, after his divorce from Kassondra E. (Jensen) Michaels was finalized on June 20.

That custody ended after the investigation into allegations of abuse of another child began on Sept. 12, and he was forbidden from being alone with Christopher or any other child younger than 18 without supervision.

“After a thorough evaluation, DCFS has determined the report to be ‘unfounded’,” Department of Children and Family Services Administrator Deanna Large said in a letter to Michaels, dated Nov. 28 and provided to Sauk Valley Media by Michaels’ mother, Margie Calohan.

“This means that no credible evidence of child abuse or neglect was found during this investigation ... This does not necessarily mean that an incident did not occur ... but the evidence did not rise to the level required to indicate abuse or neglect as dictated by state law and the DCFS Administrative Rule.”

Michaels shot and killed Christopher shortly after 3:30 p.m. after the boy and his mother stopped by Michaels’ house at 1014 Fargo Ave., where he was living with his mother and stepfather.

Under the pretense of playing a video game with his son, the three went to an upstairs bedroom, then Michaels sent his ex-wife out of the room to get something, slammed and barricaded the door, and shot Christopher then himself with a semiautomatic handgun.

Christopher died instantly. Michaels, breathing but unresponsive,was taken to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford and pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m.

He and Kassondra were married Jan. 17, 2012. He filed for divorce on May 1, citing irreconcilable differences, and was unemployed when the divorce was granted. Christopher was their only child.