Infant Abuse Case in Cherokee County: Father Arrested

Cherokee County detectives responded to Scottish Rite Hospital on Monday after receiving a report of a potentially abused infant, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The 10-week-old female infant, currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, sustained severe injuries to her mouth and throat, with doctors also discovering multiple broken bones in her legs, ribs, and ankles.

Following interviews with both parents, detectives arrested the father, John Azzolino, 35, of Woodstock. He faces two counts of aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children, with additional charges likely. Azzolino is currently in custody without bond.

The child’s mother is cooperating with the investigation and has not been charged. The couple’s 3-year-old child has been placed in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The investigation remains ongoing.

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No further information has been released by the Sheriff’s Office.

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