A Pekin man allegedly battered his 5-month-old daughter so severely last month that she may go blind.
Clement Kobischka, 34, was ordered held Friday on $200,000 bond on a charge of aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
The infant suffered skull fractures on both sides of her head and brain bleeding that a doctor determined was not caused by those injuries, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Another physician said she displayed symptoms, including retinal hemorrhaging, vomiting and seizures, that are known to be caused from shaking or other abuse, the affidavit stated.
That physician said the baby’s hemorrhaging was so severe that he was concerned about possible vision loss, the affidavit stated.
Kobischka, who does not live with the baby and her mother, told police he had no idea how the injuries took place. The baby’s symptoms, however, began the night of Dec. 31, after he had baby sat for her for about eight hours while her mother was working, the affidavit stated.
For two days, the mother thought her baby’s vomiting was produced by illness, she told police. She took her to a Peoria hospital on Jan. 2 when the infant began having seizures.
After she learned how seriously the baby was injured, she recalled that the baby and her older sibling had bruising under their eyes after Kobischka had baby-sat them in the past, the affidavit stated. Kobischka told police the young children were injured when they fell off of a bed and a couch.
Kobischka was convicted in 2012 of aggravated battery to a person over age 60. He was released last September from a two-year prison term for aggravated fleeing and eluding police.
In the latter case, after police arrested him following a high-speed chase over the McNaughton Bridge into Peoria County, an officer asked him how he would’ve felt if he had struck someone.
The officer said Kobischka replied, “People should know to get out of the way when they see me coming.”
He is next due in court in the child battery case on Feb. 22.