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Campton Hills woman died of injuries consistent with baseball bat attack: Kane County Coroner

Police have been investigating the death of Mary Bridget Summerwill, 53, as a homicide.

Campton Hills resident Mary Bridget Summerwill, left, is being remembered for her upbeat attitude and infectious laugh.
"She was like my second friend ever in life," said Maria Deneau, right, who grew up on the same street as Summerwill in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Campton Hills resident Mary Bridget Summerwill, left, is being remembered for her upbeat attitude and infectious laugh. "She was like my second friend ever in life," said Maria Deneau, right, who grew up on the same street as Summerwill in Cincinnati, Ohio.

CAMPTON HILLS – A Campton Hills woman most likely died of injuries from a baseball bat attack, according to Kane County Coroner Rob Russell.

Police have been investigating the death last month of Mary Bridget Summerwill, 53, who lived in Campton Hills, as a homicide.

"The preliminary cause of death is the strikes to the head from what appeared to be a baseball bat," Russell told the Kane County Chronicle on April 12. "There was reason to believe that there was a baseball bat in the room that was used in this situation."

Summerwill died of cranial injuries and had no other injuries, Russell said. His office is still waiting on toxicology results.

"I have no reason to believe anything else, unless something else pops up," Russell said.

The findings of the investigation into her death have been turned over to Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon.

"Our reports are all turned into the State's Attorney," Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar said. "He'll make a decision into what the next steps are."

When asked if there are any suspects regarding her death, Millar replied, "there's always suspects."

"It just depends what the State's Attorney wants to do with it," Millar said.

The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force had been assisting the Campton Hills Police Department on the investigation. The homicide is the first one in Campton Hills since it was incorporated in 2007.

"This is the first homicide we've had," Millar said.

He stressed the case was an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the community.

Summerwill and her husband of more than 26 years, Jeffrey Summerwill, have two sons, Thomas, 21, and Ryan, 19.

At about 6:56 a.m. March 24, officers from the Campton Hills Police Department and the Kane County Sheriff's Office responded to the 40W600 block of Willowbrook Drive in Campton Hills for a 911 call for a report of an injured female.

Responding officers found Summerwill, who was subsequently transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Summerwill later died of her injuries.

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