Kenosha man charged in death of 2-year-old at unlicensed daycare

NOW: Kenosha man charged in death of 2-year-old at unlicensed daycare

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Charges have been filed in the death of a 2-year-old boy who died at an unlicensed daycare in Kenosha. 

Police say 23-year-old Hunter Jones is responsible for the death of 2-year-old Matthew Bolinski on March 27 at a home near 23rd and Lincoln. 

The charges come nearly four months after the 2-year-old boy's death.

Hunter Jones is being held on $500,000 bond.

Matthew Bolinski's father said he feels like they now have some answers about what happened to his son back in March.

"I want to look this guy in the eye and make him explain to me why he did what he did," he said. "I deserve that, and I deserve to get the answer to my family."

According to a criminal complaint, Jones and his wife were running an unlicensed daycare. Matthew was one of 12-15 children they cared for throughout the day and night.

After his wife went out to pick up food, Jones allegedly told detectives he laid Matthew down for a nap. As soon as he left the room, he said Matthew jumped out of the playpen and had a bump on his head. He said he put him back in the playpen and put a sheet around the lower half of his body.

After eating and making a bath for his wife and kids, he said he came back in to see Matthew face down, with the blanket covering his chest, face and neck. His lips were smashed and his face was blue.

When he called 911, the criminal complaint said only when asked if he needed an ambulance, four minutes into the call, Jones said, "Yeah, well the thing is, he's not responsive right now."

According to the complaint, a medical examiner saw 18 bruises on his face, three around his mouth and multiple cuts. Jones allegedly could not provide any explanation for the numerous bruises and injuries on Matthew's face.

The medical examiner has listed the cause of death as undetermined, but said the probable and likely cause of death is asphyxia and the manner is homicide. She also said that based on statements, Matthew's death occurred when Jones was the only adult in the home.

Jones is now facing a first-degree reckless homicide charge. He will make his initial appearance in court Wednesday afternoon. 


KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Kenosha Police Department says a 23-year-old man has been arrested for the homicide of a 2-year-old.

Authorities say the death happened on March 27 near 23rd and Lincoln.

A charge of first degree reckless homicide is being referred to the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office.

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