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Man Accused of Beating Mother with Bat Charged with Attempted Murder

Police say Joseph Conrad staged the incident to look like a break-in at the family home, located near Caton Farm and County Line roads.

A 20-year-old man who allegedly beat his mother into unconsciousness with a baseball bat and then staged the scene to look like a home invasion was charged with attempted murder Tuesday morning.

Joseph P. Conrad has confessed to the attack, which took place at about 8 a.m. Monday at the 2317 Hastings Drive home the two shared, according to a release issued by the Joliet Police Department. 

Kathleen Conrad, 43, is in critical condition at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Her son, a 2009 graduate of Plainfield South High School, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery and obstructing justice.

Joseph Conrad called 911 at about 2:10 p.m. Monday to report that he found his mother lying on the living room floor, the release said. The home, located near Caton Farm and County Line roads, is almost directly across the street from 's Meadow View Elementary School and is located in Joliet despite its Plainfield address.

In the six hours between the attack and the time it was reported, Conrad "went about his normal business throughout the day," according to news release issued by the department. The Will County jail booking sheet lists Conrad's occupation as "referee."

Kathleen Conrad suffered severe facial injuries as well as broken fingers, hands and nose in the attack. She underwent surgery to relieve brain swelling, the release said.

A window on the northwest side of the house was broken, and the victim's pants unbuttoned and pulled down, the release said.

When police found inconsistencies in Joseph Conrad's story, he was brought to the police station, where he admitted he had become "aggravated with his mother over various issues and struck her numerous times times to the head with a baseball bat," the news release said.

He broke out the window and attempted to stage the scene to look like a home invasion before calling police, the release said.

Police obtained a warrant to search the house and were able to recover the bat believed used in the crime and other evidence.

Conrad is being held in the Will County jail; no bond has been set.

JB January 03, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Sue, you must either not have children or are one that possesses a crystal ball. It is lovely that you can blame the victim for not seeing the signs, especially since you have the advantage of hind sight. Try praying for the family not speculating on why JP did what he did. Shame on you!
Cindy B January 04, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Deb- There are several fundraisers. There is one here https://www.wepay.com/donate/www.wepay.comkatieconrad?utm_campaign=donations&utm_medium=link&utm_source=facebook&ref_uid=3577681 There is another fund at First National Bank of Illinois donations can be made to; "John Conrad for the benefit of Katie Conrad" or to "First National Bank of Illinois" and can be forwarded to First National Bank of Illinois. First National Bank of Illinois has 8 locations in the Chicagoland area and any location can be used. Any funds received will go into an account that has been set up in John Conrad's name and any inquiries should reference the John Conrad account. The Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce said they would also take donations & forward them to the bank, but they prefer donations to be sent directly to the bank.
Pam O January 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
What a horribly tragic story! I am praying for all of them!
J March 19, 2013 at 08:39 PM
This is coming from someone very close to the situation and family and we appreciated all the concerns/prayers from friends and the community. All the family asks is that JP gets the help he truly needs and deserves. JP is still at Will County Jail and could be facing prison time in the next few months. His Mom has recovered almost 100% and they hope that helps JP get less prison time in order to get mental help in the future. JP made a terrible decision and will be punished accordingly but he deserves a future as well.
Plainfield Resident March 20, 2013 at 01:02 PM
didn't help that your son told him to get lost a few times - sounds like he may have been just like the others who 'shunned' him or bullied him. don't you tell your kids to treat those like they'd like to be treated. Shame on you.

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