A 60-year-old Chicago man died, and a 13-year-old River Forest boy has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery, following a June 16 altercation between the two outside the Oak Park Public Library.

The Cook County Medical Examiner reports that Joseph Maffris was on the sidewalk outside the library around 6:25 p.m., when he got into an altercation with the River Forest teen, according to Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.

Reynolds said, in response to questions by police at the scene, the juvenile said Maffris had tried to sit on the lap of a juvenile female friend, which he viewed as inappropriate and the teenager felt compelled to defend her by punching Maffris,

“He fell and when the officers arrive, he was lying on the sidewalk bleeding from his nose,” Reynolds said.

Maffris was transported to Rush Hospital and treated for a fracture to the orbital bone on his left eye and cranial bleeding, Reynolds said.

Witnesses at the scene identified the teenager, who was taken into custody at the scene of the incident.

The teenager was initially charged with misdemeanor battery and released to his guardian.

Meanwhile, Maffris’ conditioned worsened, and he was transferred to Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Reynolds said.

“There he was placed on a ventilator and given a feeding tube and subsequently transferred to Kindred Hospital Chicago – North Lake,” Reynolds said. “Based on his worsening condition from his injuries, we again took the juvenile into custody and upgraded the charges to two counts of aggravated battery, both of which are felonies.”

Maffris died of his injuries on Sept. 21, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s report, which identified the cause of death as complication of blunt force injuries to the head.

The teenager awaits a court date and is currently under the supervision of his guardian, Reynolds said.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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