Franklin Grove man indicted for first degree murder


FRANKLIN GROVE — A Franklin Grove man has been indicted by a Lee County Grand Jury on three counts of first degree murder, aggravated battery of a child, and aggravated domestic battery.

The charges handed down by the Grand Jury on Sept. 21 against Ryan A. McClain, 38, of Franklin Grove, resulted from over a year and a half investigation involving the death of a one-year-old child. Agencies involved in this investigation were:  Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Dixon Police Department Detectives, the Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office and Illinois State Police.

The bill of indictment states:

The Grand Jury of the Circuit Court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Lee County, Illinois, having been duly chosen, selected, and sworn, in and for the County of Lee, in the State of Illinois, upon their oath presents that:

COUNT I

On or about November 2016 to Dec. 9, 2016, in Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, Ryan McClain, the above captioned Defendant, committed the offense of first degree murder, in that Defendant shook and threw S.M, a one-year-old child, into a pack and play on multiple occasions within said time period knowing that such acts created a strong probability of causing great bodily harm to S.M., and thereby causing the death of S.M. on Dec. 16, 2016, and such act was exceptionally brutal and heinous, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(2), said offense being a Class M Felony. 

COUNT II

On or about November 2016 to Dec. 9, 2016, in Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, Ryan McClain, the above captioned Defendant, committed the offense of first degree murder, in that Defendant intentionally caused great bodily harm to S.M., a one-year-old child, in that Defendant shook and threw S.M. into a pack and play on multiple occasions within said time period thereby causing the death of S.M. on Dec. 16, 2016, and such act was exceptionally brutal and heinous, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(1), said offense being a Class M Felony.    

COUNT III

On or about November 2016 to Dec. 9, 2016, in Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, Ryan McClain, the above captioned Defendant, committed the offense of first degree murder, in that Defendant, while committing the forcible felony of Aggravated Battery to a Child, shook and threw S.M, a one-year-old child, into a pack and play on multiple occasions within said time period knowing that such acts create a strong probability of causing great bodily harm to S.M., and thereby causing the death of S.M. on Dec. 16, 2016, and such act was exceptionally brutal and heinous, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(3), said offense being a Class M Felony.   

COUNT IV

On or about Dec. 9, 2016, in Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, Ryan McClain, the above captioned Defendant, committed the offense of aggravated battery of a child, in that Defendant, a person over the age of 18, knowingly and without legal justification caused great bodily harm to S.M. in that Defendant threw S.M., a one-year-old child, into a pack and play, thereby causing a skull fracture to S.M., in violation of 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(b)(1), said offense being a Class X Felony. 

COUNT V

On or about Dec. 9, 2016, in Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, Ryan McClain, the above captioned Defendant, committed the offense of aggravated domestic battery, in that Defendant, knowingly and without legal justification caused great bodily harm to S.M., a household member, in that Defendant threw S.M., a one-year-old child, into a pack and play, thereby causing a skull fracture to S.M., in violation of 720 ILCS 5/12-3.3(a), a Class 2 Felony.


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