A 30-year-old McHenry man accused of choking his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter and hog-tying her 5-year-old son
remained in jail Thursday evening.
Brian M. Blum,
who has been sent to prison multiple times in the past 13 years, also is accused of yanking his 28-year-old girlfriend’s arm so hard last month that he pulled the entire hard cast off her broken wrist
, police said.
The couple have been dating for about three years, but his abuse has been escalating recently, McHenry Police Sgt. Dan Kreassig said.
Blum’s girlfriend called police about 11:30 p.m. July 22 to report the cast incident, Kreassig said. Police suspected the children might have been harmed, too
, so they called the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center.
He allegedly tied the 5-year-old’s arms and legs together behind the boy’s back and put the boy on the floor in a cold, dark basement
on July 21, court records show.
He allegedly struck that same child on the left side of the face, leaving the child with a bloody nose and black eye, and hit the child in the buttocks with a belt buckle
, court records show.
He also is accused of grabbing the 10-year-old around the neck with both hands and choking her until she felt pain
, court records show.
The children’s grandmother requested an order of protection on their behalf, alleging their tae kwon do instructor had said the children told her Blum hurt them after she noticed marks on them. The grandmother also alleged that Blum had pulled the children out of bed early in the morning and hit them with a belt as punishment for using the Internet.
“He has told my daughter and the children he would kill them and my husband and me if they told on him,” the grandmother wrote in her request.
The children are staying with family members at least temporarily as part of a DCFS safety plan, Kreassig said.
McHenry County court records indicate Blum was sentenced to six years in prison in March 2005 for cocaine possession. He also was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2001 for dealing cocaine, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, and to three years in prison in 1997 for criminal damage to property.