Illinois man charged in the death of a 3-year-old

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MACOUPIN COUNTY, IL (KPLR) - A Livingston man is charged in the death of a 3-year-old from Gillespie, Illinois.  Ryder Vercoglio died from injuries while being cared for by William Bolin, 24, on January 3, 2015. He is being charged with aggravated battery to a child and involuntary manslaughter.  If convicted on all counts he could face 30 years in prison.

The original 911 call from Ryder's home was for a seizure.   Vercoglio's grandfather Bill says the 3-year-old died from a massive blow to the head.  He was in the care of his mother’s live-in boyfriend, police said.

Doctors found Ryder had severe brain and spinal cord trauma.  He died at Cardinal-Glennon Hospital two days later. Ryder’s organs were donated They saved the life of a girl in Nebraska.

Ryder had been beating the odds since his first breath.  He was born premature, weighing 2 pounds, and spent more than three months in a hospital.  He came home for the first time on Christmas Day, 2011.

Bolin is being held at the Macoupin County Jail. His bond is set at $1,000,000.