A man is now charged with first degree murder in the beating death of a young child. Police say 39-year-old John Holmon III was babysitting his girlfriend's son at a Granite City home while the woman was at school. The 18-month-old's grandmother apparently came to the house and discovered the boy was unresponsive. Jaesen Rusher died Monday of severe head trauma at an area hospital.
Police were called to the home Monday afternoon, and the child died later that day. The home, in the 2000 block of 14th Street, was where the mother and the child lived. The boyfriend, who was not the father of the child, was also staying at the home. Holmon (pictured) is being held without bond in the Madison County Jail.