(This condensed version of a story that appeared on a Patch site in Illinois is a reminder to be alert to the signs of domestic violence.)
A man beat his wife to death with a weightlifting bar Wednesday as their 4-year-old son watched, prosecutors in Illinois charged Thursday.
. An autopsy report stated she was hit in the head more than 10 times.
When officers originally arrived at the family's home on Dec. 19 the first person they saw was the couple's 4-year-old son. The boy, whose face and clothing had blood spatters, told police, "Daddy killed my mommy," prosecutors said.
The suspect is being held on $5 million bail. If he posts bail a judge has ordered that he must turn in his American and Egyptian passports.
READ MORE ON THE CASE: Husband Charged With Murder in Wife's Death in Brookside Glen
This is alleged domestic violence at its most extreme. But many women are routinely battered to lesser extents.
If you or someone you know needs help, get it now:
- Here is a guide to domestic violence resources in Alameda County.
- San Leandro -based Building Futures with Women and Children offers services throughout the county.
- This Patch article will put you on the path to getting a temporary restraining order.