Crime Against Children

Tragic, One Year Old Girl Found Dead in Her Joliet Home

A missing 1-year-old girl was found dead inside her home late Wednesday night in southwest suburban Joliet Township after a massive search. The Will County Sheriff’s Office said investigators will hold a news conference Thursday morning. They were at the home in the 300-block of Louis Road all night and had the house taped off…

Shock Video, Bullets Nearly Hit Little Girl in Arizona Barbershop

Chandler police in Arizona have released a disturbing video taken inside a strip mall barbershop, where a little girl narrowly escaped being shot when gunfire shattered the glass window of the store.

Michael Hart, 23 and Rafael Santos, 21, have been arrested the case.

Hart was arrested Monday. He faces a number of charges, including discharging a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, endangerment, and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

Santos was arrested Tuesday. He faces charges of discharging a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and endangerment.

Chandler police say the suspects are connected with the shots fired case at the Paisanos Barber Shop Monday. The shop is in a strip mall located at Alma School Road between Ray Road and Chandler Boulevard.

The video released Wednesday shows the little girl playing inside the shop. When she sits down in a chair, gunfire explodes, shattering the window right next to her. According to the police report, two bullets struck the glass at head level.

Police believe that the shooting stemmed from an apparent dispute between Hart and the employees at a nearby tattoo shop.

Sgt. Mejia said the child was struck by glass debris while sitting inside the barber shop. She was transported to Chandler Regional Hospital with very minor injuries.

Police said nobody was hit by bullets.

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2nd Teen Boy in Custody for Facebook Live Gang Rape of Minor Girl

A second teenage boy is in custody in connection with the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook last month from the Lawndale neighborhood. The 15-year-old boy was accompanied by his mother when turned himself in Monday morning at the Ogden District police station, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.…

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

A 10-year-old girl was drugged, sexually assaulted and killed Wednesday in what the Albuquerque Police Department called one of the worst cases in the department’s history. Police have arrested three people in the case: Michelle Martens, 35, the victim’s mother; 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales, the mother’s boyfriend; and his cousin, 31-year-old Jessica Kelley. Martens and Gonzales…

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

A one-year-old is in critical condition after police say he was shot in the head Thursday morning. Community activist Andrew Holmes told WGN News the child was shot accidentally by an older relative who was playing with a gun. An official statement from the Riverdale Police Department said they responded to reports of a child…