ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Grand jury indictments are expected to be filed against a bus aide for Burlington School District 301, charged with felony aggravated battery of a child, briefly appeared in court Friday as lawyers set schedules for the next dates.
The charge against Jean M. Micklevitz, 63, of the 300 block of South Street, Burlington, stems from an Oct. 2 incident in which she was accused of striking an 8-year-old special needs boy in the face resulting in two teeth being knocked out.
Micklevitz, along with her attorney John Kopp and prosecutor Kaitlin Kerstetter, appeared before Kane County Judge David Kliment.
Kerstetter said she was expecting grand jury indictments on Micklevitz.
However, the court file did not include indictments as of Friday afternoon.
Kerstetter requested a court date of Dec. 4 for the purpose of issuing subpoenas and Dec. 20 for the next court date after that. Micklevitz would not be required to be in court on Dec. 4, but would be on Dec. 20, she said.
Kopp said he was seeking some of the same documents from the school district as the prosecutor, but did not expect to receive them until mid-December.
According to Kane County Sheriff’s reports, released after a Freedom of Information Act request, Micklevitz had described a chaotic situation on the bus where the boy would not sit in his seat, but laid on the bus floor, yelling.
“Now we have a child lying like a puddle on the floor, yelling. I have no formal training for issues like this. I have no idea what to do next,” according to Micklevitz’s statement. “We (she and the bus driver) tried to physically pick (him) up and put him in his seat. Then he tried to bite me. We continued to try to put him in his seat. He tried to bite me a couple more times.”
According to a deputy who viewed a video of the bus incident, it showed the boy resisting Micklevitz’s and the bus driver’s efforts to get him into his seat, according to the report.
“Both are seen pulling on clothing, arms and legs, making every effort to get (the boy) into his seat physically,” according to the deputy’s report of the video. “Ms. Micklevitz is heard several times screaming at (him) to get into his seat.”
While the driver was attempting to call the district’s transportation office, “It was at this time it appeared that Ms. Micklevitz made affirmative movements possibly hitting (the boy) in the mouth with her right arm. (The boy’s) screaming and crying increased at this point,” according to the deputy’s report of the bus video.
The boy “was also heard saying that Ms. Micklevitz hit him, with Ms. Micklevitz quickly denying it,” according to the deputy’s report of the bus video.
Micklevitz was released after posting $3,000 bail, 10% of the $30,000 bond that was set.