Ill. father charged in death of 19-month-old son

Published: 10/11/2009 12:01 AM
ROMEOVILLE -- A 28-year-old suburban Chicago man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 19-month-old son. Chidi Esi of Romeoville is being held on $400,000 bond at the Will County Jail. He's next due in court on Tuesday. His son, Nathan Esi, was pronounced dead Friday, and police say it appears that he drowned. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday. Family members say Chidi Esi suffers from mental illness and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. They say he'd tried to get relatives to pick up his son before the boy's death. The boy's mother had dropped him off Monday at the apartment Esi shared with his own mother. Relatives say they don't know if Esi had been taking his medication. It was not immediately clear whether Esi has an attorney.