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Mother kills 3-year-old son by hitting him with a belt on his abdomen causing liver to tear

By Mason White 3:35 PM September 24, 2017
Joy Ramos
Joy Ramos
By: Emily Lewis

A mother brutally beat her three children with a belt until one of them died as a result of a tear on the liver, according to police in Illinois.

The Elk Grove Village police said that they have arrested 22-year-old Joy Ramos, after being accused of killing 3-year-old Steven Figueroa.

Ramos has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery to a child.

She was booked into jail, and she is being held without bail.

According to the police investigation, on Tuesday night, Ramos used a belt to beat Figueroa.

She hit him on the back and abdomen.

On Wednesday, at around 10:30 a.m., Ramos noticed that Figueroa was unresponsive.

Ramos and her boyfriend, James P. Jones, 25, brought the child to the Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where he died.

An autopsy showed that Figueroa died as a result of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

He suffered for a laceration to the liver.

During questioning, Ramos admitted to beating Figueroa with a belt at their home located at 930 Perrie Dr.

She also admitted to using a belt to beat her 22-month-old daughter Aaliyah, and 6-year-old son David.

The two surviving children were placed in the custody of family members.

Jones was questioned by police, but no charges have been filed against him.