ALEDO, Ill. — An investigation into two injured children in Aledo has led to two child endangerment arrests.

Officers responded to a medical call about noon Wednesday in the 1000 block of Northwest 2nd Avenue, where a baby was found in need of medical attention. During the course of the investigation, a second young child also required medical care.

The two children were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, one by Life Flight, according to a news release from the Aledo Police Department.

William Owens, 20, of Aledo was arrested Wednesday on charges of endangering the life of a child and neglect. Melissa Sissell, 38, also of Aledo was taken into custody Thursday on charges of reckless conduct and endangering the life of a child.

The investigation is continuing and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are assisting the Aledo Police Department.

The children are brother and sister. It is unclear what their relationship is to Owens and Sissell, who are both being held in the Mercer County Jail.


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