Unfortunately, we have not been able to access the baby's name, or confirm the relationship the suspect had to the baby in which he is currently charged with murder.
Rahsaan M Strauder (SUSPECT)
On January 27, 2022 a 14 month old baby girl died, believed to be a homicide. Unfortunately we have been unable to obtain her name, which we believe should be remembered. We must never forget her name.
Rahsaan M Strawder, 38 at the time, was charged with Aggravated Battery, two counts of first degree murder and two counts of Aggravated Battery. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held on a $1 Million Dollar Bond
The Henry County Prosecutors allege that Strawder struck the baby against a hard surface causing a brain injury. The baby was flown to OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria where she died January 30, 2022.
His prior record includes a 2016 robbery and aggravated battery in Kane County which he was convicted, an aggravated criminal sexual abuse also in Kane County in 2002, which he is now a registered sex offender. Strawder was also convicted for aggravated arson, residential burglary and fraud, all in Kane County.
Online comments from several people that claim to be related to Strawder say that while he does have a criminal background, he is innocent and would never have killed a child.
He currently has a pretrial conference set for February 24, 2022
The final pretrial is set for March 18, 2022
The Jury Trial is expected to be held the week of March 28, 2022