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Police: Joliet man fended off officers with baby

(From left) Daniel Huerta, Geraldina Ortiz and Maria Ortiz
(From left) Daniel Huerta, Geraldina Ortiz and Maria Ortiz

A Joliet man used his infant son as a shield to fend off police who showed up at a party to arrest him for punching and kicking the baby’s mother, police said.

Officers headed over to a party on Comstock Street about 3 a.m. Wednesday to arrest 22-year-old Daniel Huerta on a charge of domestic battery, Joliet police Sgt. Darrell Gavin said in an email.

When the officers arrived, “they were confronted by Huerta and several family members, including Geraldina Ortiz and Maria Ortiz,” Gavin said. “Officers told Huerta that he was under arrest for domestic battery, at which time Huerta started to become aggressive with the officers, threatening them bodily harm and using the infant child as a shield to prevent from being placed into custody.”

Geraldina Ortiz, 33, took the baby from Huerta, Gavin said, but then she and Maria Ortiz, 43, “intervened and attempted to prevent officers from arresting Huerta. Geraldina Ortiz, while holding onto the infant child, hit one of the officers in the head area and tried to resist her arrest while holding onto the infant child as Huerta had done previously.”

Huerta and the Ortizes all were arrested and booked into the Will County jail. All three remained in custody Thursday and were scheduled to appear in bond court.

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