Crime Against Children

Father, Twin Sons Sentenced For Sex Trafficking Minors

A man and his twin sons have been sentenced to federal prison for recruiting and trafficking minors for sex in the Chicago area. Nathan Nicholson, 45, groomed his twin sons, Tyrelle and Myrelle Lockett, to act as pimps in a family sex trafficking operation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Nicholson used his sons to…

Girl Age 15 Gang Raped on Facebook Live

As a 15-year-old girl was apparently sexually assaulted on Facebook Live, about 40 people watched the video — but none reported the attack to police. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was leaving a West Side police station Monday when the girl’s mother stopped him and showed him images of her daughter being attacked by five…

Monster of a Grandma Guilty of Torcher Murder of 8 year old girl

Gizzell Ford, a straight A student, was seen by almost everyone who crossed her path as a blessing, a lovely, bright, smart girl. The 8-year-old, in her diary, expressed a desire to have a fulfilling relationship with her paternal grandmother nourished with deep conversation and love. But all Helen Ford gave Gizzell was hell. Tying…

4 Charged with Neglect in Starvation Death of Boy Age 9

Hubert A Kraemer, left, and Chad Allen Kraemer, right Robin Lee Kraemer, left, and Sarah Beth Travioli Four people have been arrested in the death of 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy who authorities say was malnourished and neglected. Cameron R. Hoopingarner was blind and weighed less than 15 pounds when officers found him Tuesday…

Bodies Found Along Indiana Stream are 2 Missing Teen Girls

Two bodies found along a northern Indiana stream are those of two teenage girls who went missing Monday and their deaths are being investigated as homicides, authorities said on Wednesday. State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said autopsies performed Wednesday determined that the bodies are those of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, both of…

Suspect in Custody in Decapitation Murder of 2-year-old Boy Found in Garfield Park Lagoon

A man who was caring for 2-year-old Kyrian Knox in the summer of 2015 “snapped” and killed the toddler after the lactose-intolerant boy was fed milk and cried for a whole afternoon, police said.

Kyrian’s dismembered remains were found in the Garfield Park Lagoon on the West Side on Sept. 5, 2015. Police said in a news conference at the park Tuesday afternoon that Kamel Harris, 41, was arrested on murder charges in Kyrian’s slaying after investigators learned that blood they recovered from the man’s vehicle belonged to the boy.


Harris, of Rockford, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, felony concealment of a homicidal death and felony dismemberment of a human body.

He was brought to Chicago on Monday from the Winnebago County Jail, where he was in custody on unrelated charges.

Harris, of Rockford, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, felony concealment of a homicidal death and felony dismemberment of a human body.

He was brought to Chicago on Monday from the Winnebago County Jail, where he was in custody on unrelated charges.


“He kind of just snapped and couldn’t deal with it anymore,” said Area North Cmdr. Kevin Duffin, whose detectives led the investigation.

Last September, Chicago police Marine Unit divers responded to a call of a foot possibly floating in the lagoon. Marine Unit divers later found another foot and two hands on the shoreline, said Marine Unit Sgt. Angel Romero. The following day, they found a head.

“It was pretty difficult to deal with,” Romero said. “Probably one of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with in my 29 years on the job.”

Harris then falsely reported the boy missing, police said. Officials have also said that Kyrian may have actually been missing since August 2015.

The break in the case came when police late last year found blood in Harris’ vehicle. Harris had denied that the toddler had been inside the vehicle, Duffin said. The blood was tested, and this summer, police learned it matched the slain boy, Duffin said.

“Unfortunately, it took several months, I believe it was late July or early August of this year, when it was confirmed to be the baby’s,” he said.

While the medical examiner’s office ruled Kyrian’s death a homicide, Duffin said Tuesday that no one was able to determine exactly how Kyrian was killed.

Police believe that Kyrian’s remains were dumped in the lagoon because Harris has family in the area of the park.

“As a father of a 6-month-old myself, it’s hard to fathom why someone would do this to a child,” said Ald. Jason Ervin, who 28th Ward covers the park. “But we are glad that this is the first step in bringing this case to justice.” Continue Reading

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Man Charged with Beating one year old Chicago Girl to Death

A man has been charged with beating a 21-month-old baby to death Tuesday morning in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. Uriel Vega, 22, faces one count of first-degree murder for the death of Raiylana Vasquez, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was responsible for taking care…

10-year-old Girl Raped, Drugged, Murdered, Dismembered by METH Mom and Two Others

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1-Year-old Child Shot in the Head Critically in Riverdale

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Chicago Gangs Shot 27 Children so far this Year

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Mom starved, tortured 4-year-old son, then burned body

Christian Camarena, 19, and Alyssa Garcia, 27, along with a 17-year-old (not shown), are charged with the concealment of a death after a 4-year-old boy’s body was found in a smoldering blanket. (Chicago Police Department) For about a year, the frail 4-year-old boy was kept in a back room with the family’s bicycles and the…

Baby found dead in Englewood vacant house fire

The body of a baby was found after a fire in a vacant house was extinguished Tuesday night in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. Officers responded at 9:26 p.m. to a call of an arson at the vacant two-story house in the 1400 block of West Marquette, according to preliminary information…

16-Year-Old Boy Charged in Shooting of 14-Year-Old

CHICAGO — Chicago Police say they have found the person who shot and seriously wounded a 14-year-old boy as he waited for his mother to pick him up after school Thursday afternoon. Police charged a 16-year-old boy with one felony count of aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon for the shooting which occurred…

DNA from Garfield Park Remains Matches Missing Rockford Child

DNA samples taken from a child’s body parts discovered in a Garfield Park lagoon in September have been confirmed as a match to Kyrian Knox, a 2-year-old boy missing from Rockford. Kyrian was believed to have been last seen in mid-August, Rockford police previously said. The boy had been staying with a family friend just…

Road Rage Suspect Confesses to Shooting 4-year-old

Albuquerque police said late Wednesday that a suspect had confessed to a road rage shooting that killed a four-year-old girl on Interstate 40. Authorities said Tony Torrez, 32, had been charged with murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, assault with the intent to commit a violent felony, shooting at or from a motor vehicle,…