After boy’s death, governor points to ‘gross mistakes’

March 23, 2019
This combination of March 2019 booking photos provided by the Chicago Police Department shows, Dejon Waters, left, and Brittany Hyc. The pair were charged in the child abuse death of Hyc's 2-year-old son, who had sores and bruises on his body. Police announced Thursday, March 21 that Waters, who was babysitting, is charged with first-degree murder while Hyc is charged with felony child endangerment for leaving the boy with Waters. They're due in court Thursday. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — An autopsy on a 2-year-old Chicago boy found bruises and old rib fractures, but records show state child welfare workers never reported injuries despite numerous visits.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says “gross mistakes” were made. The Department of Children and Family Services was using a contractor to monitor children.

Ja’hir Gibbons died Monday . His mother has been charged with felony child endangerment for leaving him with a boyfriend, Dejon Waters, who is charged with first-degree murder.

An autopsy found Ja’hir died from blunt force trauma.

Cook County’s public guardian says his office never got involved because DCFS didn’t go to court to seek custody of the boy.

DCFS interim director Debra Dyer-Webster says the agency “must do better.” She says a “comprehensive review” is planned.