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Former Cook County Official Facing Multiple Allegations, Child Abuse

Taylor Holt
August 31, 2017 10:49 PM

A former Cook County official now faces multiple allegations, including a felony charge of child abuse.

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A total of four charges have been brought against Joshua Beck, former Cook County Health and Human Services Director. The charges include domestic assault and engaging in a past pattern of child abuse against a minor.

According to court documents, First Witness interviewed the two minor children involved.

A 10-year-old victim said Beck had been abusing her for some time, and that he calls her names, throws objects at her, and slams his body into hers. 

On one occasion, she said Beck became angry, grabbed her by the neck and choked her. Similar actions were done to the 12-year-old minor, who said Beck likes to cause him pain. 

Both victims also described an incident out of state two years ago, when Beck allegedly became angry and threw one of the victims to the ground. His head was bleeding after the incident. The other minor said she was also thrown. She injured her ankle and was unable to walk for several days. Court documents say neither one of the victims were provided medical attention after the incidents.

Two felony charges were filed against Beck on August 1st by the State of Minnesota along with two other gross misdemeanors.

The charges include one count of domestic assault by strangulation, another count of assault in the third degree, and two charges for child endangerment. Beck resigned as the director of the Cook County Health and Human Services Department in July.

Cook County Administrator Jeff Cadwell said this in a statement to Eyewitness News: 

1. Cook County has learned that criminal charges have been filed in Sixth Judicial District Court against former Cook County Public Health & Human Services Director Joshua Beck.

2. Cook County cannot comment on the court case or investigation. This is a personal matter involving a former employee.

3. Cook County takes its role in the delivery of human services extremely seriously.

Beck will appear in court on September 11th. Beck's attorney did not get back to us for comment by newstime.


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