Efrain Gonzalez Provided HAMMOND — A Chicago man faces murder charges for allegedly beating a 5-month-old girl to death last September while the infant’s mother listened to music in the shower.

The mother said she found her daughter, Anayelli Avina, in the same place she put her down for a nap the night of Sept. 29, but that she was “gasping for air” and had fresh bruising and swelling to the left side of her head and ear, records state. The girl’s left eye was also completely swollen shut.

The accused, Efrain Gonzalez, 24, was picked up Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Hammond Police Lt. Steven Kellogg.

Court records show Gonzalez faces one count each of murder; neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury; neglect of a dependent resulting in death; and battery. He also faces two counts each of aggravated battery; battery resulting in death to a person under 14; and battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person under 14.

Anayelli died Oct. 5 at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hammond police were first dispatched at about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago in reference to an infant brought in by ambulance from a home in the 6400 block of New Hampshire Avenue in the city’s Hessville neighborhood. Age: 34 Residence: East Chicago Booking Number(s): 2003685 Arrest Date: May 12, 2020 Offense Description: Theft, resisting (two counts), driving while suspended, possession […]

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