BLOOMINGTON -- A boy who flashed his eyes at little girls and loved to play with SpongeBob SquarePants toys may have died because of abuse, authorities said Thursday.
Three-year-old Logan E. Bratton of Bloomington was pronounced dead about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, police said. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said the boy was unresponsive when rescue workers initially took him to BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal.
The indications are that the injuries Logan sustained are non-accidental, Ingersoll said. She wouldnt comment on his cause of death or signs of trauma because the case is being investigated as a homicide.
The boy lived with his mother and her boyfriend in Bloomington, Ingersoll said. Ingersoll said the 911 call was made at 12:18 p.m. Wednesday, and fire department logs show an ambulance dispatched at that time went to the 800 block of West Washington Street.
A police squad car sat in that block Thursday afternoon, and a police officer answered the door at an apartment at 818 W. Washington St. when a Pantagraph reporter knocked. An officer remained stationed late Thursday night at the doorway of the apartment.
Bloomington police issued a short statement about the boys death about noon Thursday, but could not be reached later in the day and throughout the evening.
Willie Bratton of Peoria, who identified himself as Logans father, said he called police late Sunday afternoon after a relative told him the boy was bruised.
Bratton said he hadnt seen the boy since December. The boys mother had custody of the child, he said.
Bratton described Logan as an average 3-year-old who loved dogs and trampolines. Bratton said he was at OSF Saint Francis until late Wednesday, and he commended hospital workers for their compassion.
Logans grandmother, Connie Smith of Peoria, said Logan was cheerful but shy. Yet, he liked to pucker his lips and flash his eyes at little girls, she said.
Smith said Logan lived with her on and off for half his life, or maybe a little more. She said the boy enjoyed playing with SpongeBob SquarePants and Dragon Ball Z toys, eating chicken strips, playing basketball and watching cartoons.
Her grandson loved hugs and kisses and asked Smith to lift him, she said.
Grandma, I wanna hold you, Smith quoted Logan as saying. I just want to hold you.