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Bus aide charged with battery of special needs child

Aide allegedly struck child, knocking out two teeth

Jean M. Micklevitz, 63, of the 300 block of South Street, Burlington
Jean M. Micklevitz, 63, of the 300 block of South Street, Burlington

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Kane County Sheriff’s Office investigation has resulted in a felony charge against a Burlington Central School District 301 school bus aide for allegedly striking a special needs student in the face, knocking out two teeth, according to a news release.

Jean M. Micklevitz, 63, of the 300 block of South Street, Burlington, was charged with felony aggravated battery to a child, according to the release.

Kane County prosecutors allege that on the morning of Oct. 2, Micklevitz struck a child younger than 13 years old in the face, knocking out two teeth.

According to the sheriff’s office investigation, Micklevitz was the helper on a bus for a special needs student.

As the child got onto the bus, he asked for a juice box, and Micklevitz told him that food and drink are not allowed on the bus. The child refused to move from the bus steps. Micklevitz then grabbed him and began to drag him to his seat, finally striking him in the face multiple times, knocking out two teeth, the release stated.

After the investigation, a judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday and set her bond at $30,000.

Kane County Sheriff’s deputies took Micklevitz into custody that afternoon. She posted $3,000 bond and was released.

Micklevitz’s next court appearance is Oct. 30.

If convicted of the Class 3 felony, Micklevitz faces a sentence of two to five years in prison or probation. In addition, Micklevitz would have to register for 10 years as a violent offender against youth in accordance with the Illinois Violent Offender Against Youth Act, according to the release.

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