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Two arrested in connection with death of 15-year-old boy with disabilities from Moline

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy who had disabilities.

MOLINE, Ill. — Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy who had disabilities.

According to the Moline Police Department 32-year-old Justin M. Keim from Moline has been charged with criminal abuse or neglect of a disabled person. He was taken into custody on Tuesday, March 23.

Justin's arrest comes one day after police confirmed 34-year-old Jennifer Keim was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Justin was the 15-year-old's step-father and Jennifer was the 15-year-old's mother. 

Police say the Moline Fire Department took the "severely disabled" 15-year-old to the hospital for emergency care back on November 3, 2020. Hospital staff found he was "extremely dehydrated, emaciated and had severe open wounds that had not been properly treated," the statement said. He later died at the hospital.

Jennifer was held at the Rock Island County Jail on $2 million bond.  Justin was held on $500,000. 

Credit: Jennifer Keim, image from the Moline Police Department
Credit: Justin M. Keim, image from the Moline Police Department