Author: Steve Schmadeke Tribune reporter

A Bolingbrook man allegedly suffocated his 4-month old son in 2009, repeatedly pushing the boy’s head down into the mattress they shared because the crying, hungry child was disturbing his sleep, prosecutors said in court today.

Randel Thomas, 21, is charged with killing Christopher Thomas after telling his mother, who worked two jobs and had been up with the infant since 4 a.m., that he wouldn’t drive her to the Romeoville high school where she was a student because he was too tired.

“He was upset that he had to watch our son too much and he said he was tired,” the boy’s mother Josalyn Jones, 20, tearfully testified today, saying she left the home around 8:30 .

Jones said she left her son on a bed in another bedroom and left after arguing with Thomas, who asked her for a cigarette before she drove away.

Both sides agree that Thomas picked up the boy and brought him into their bed, but what happened next is in dispute.

Prosecutors say Thomas didn’t want to wake up and so silenced his crying son. They plan to show a video recording of the statement Thomas made to Bolingbrook police.

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