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Rock Island police arrest parent and boyfriend after finding dead infant

The department made the arrests after receiving a report that the 4-month-old was found unresponsive.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — An infant's mother and her boyfriend were arrested after the child was found unresponsive, and was later found to have died.

On Tuesday, March 10, the Rock Island Police Department responded to a home in the 400 block of 12th Avenue regarding an ambulance assist call that reported an unresponsive infant.

The boy, four-month-old Elias S. Austin, was found to be deceased. An autopsy done on March 11 determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the skull, among other significant injuries.

On March 13, Rock Island Police Detectives arrested Austin's mother, 23-year-old Tanda Allee, and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Mateo Williams. They have both been charged with first degree murder and are in the custody of the Rock Island County Jail. 

The infant also has an older sibling, who has been removed from the home and placed into foster care. The sibling is not currently known to have sustained injuries, but further investigation is pending.

The Rock Island Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the office of Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson, the office of Rock Island County States Attorney Dora Villareal and the Rock Island County Sheriffs Department.

The investigation remains on-going, and anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.

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