Franklin Grove man charged with 2016 murder of 1-year-old

September 21, 2018

DIXON – A Franklin Grove sex offender already doing time for crimes involving a child was indicted today for murder in the December 2016 death of a 1-year-old girl.

Ryan A. McClain, 38, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, aggravated battery of a child and aggravated domestic battery. Investigators say he shook and threw the girl into a “pack-and-play” playpen many times between November and Dec. 9, 2016, eventually fracturing her skull.

She died that Dec. 16.

McClain faces 4 to 100 years, or life, on the murder charge, 30 to 60 years for aggravated battery of a child, and 3 to 7 years for aggravated domestic battery.

He is in Big Muddy Correctional Center, sentenced Oct. 11 to 5 years for indecent solicitation/aggravated sexual abuse. Charges of indecent solicitation of a child over the Internet, and failure to register as a sex offender were dismissed.

In that case, investigators said McClain tried to establish a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl; he was arrested when a friend of the teen notified police.

In 2010, he was sentenced to 3 years for aggravated battery of a child and to a year and 6 months for indecent solicitation of a 1-year-old, and in 2009, he got a year and a half for domestic battery. Those sentences, all levied in Lee County, ran consecutively.

In Ogle County, McClain has four 2002 felony convictions: three for burglary involving vehicle break-ins, and one for damaging property. He was sentenced to 3 concurrent years on each charge.

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