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Detention hearing again delayed for Pekin man charged with killing 2-month-old daughter

Tazewell County Courthouse, Pekin
Joe Deacon
Tazewell County Courthouse, Pekin

The detention hearing for Hunter R.E. Waters, the 19-year-old Pekin man charged with inflicting injuries leading to the death of his two-month-old daughter, is now set for mid-December.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday and continued to Friday.

During Friday’s proceedings at the Tazewell County Courthouse, Waters was assigned Tazewell County Public Defender Luke Taylor. Taylor told the court he intended to request home confinement and third party supervision of Waters. He also said he planned to argue mitigating factors to the State’s assertions about Waters’ level of danger to the community and flight risk in the petition for detention.

Taylor asked the court to allow time for Pretrial Services to conduct an investigation into the suggested home for Waters’ confinement and run a background check on any potential third party supervision.

Judge Chris Dosctoch granted the continuance. The detention hearing is now scheduled for Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Waters was arrested by the Pekin Police Department Nov. 28 after nine-week-old Addison Waters died while being treated for “numerous serious injuries” at a local hospital.

Waters is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery to a child. The State’s Attorney says the maximum penalty for the charges is 100 years.

Collin Schopp is a reporter at WCBU. He joined the station in 2022.