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Boy, 9, allegedly beats 14-month-old to death, charged with murder

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A 9-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly beating a 14-month-old baby to death. According to police in Cahokia, Illinois, the two boys – who are believed by authorities to possibly be related – were sharing a bedroom at the time the 9-year-old allegedly beat the baby to death. The baby, Taquan Willis, was […]

Missing teen, forced to have kidnapper's baby, escapes after two years in captivity

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After first being reported missing over two years ago, a Washington Park, Illinois, teen escaped from the home where she was allegedly being held by a man and his mother. The girl, who was 15 when she disappeared, was reported as a missing or runaway juvenile in April 2010, by St. Louis, Missouri, police. According to […]

Former high school teacher played strip poker with cheerleaders

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A former Illinois high school math teacher from Niles North High School has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex charge after encouraging two cheerleaders to play a game of strip poker with him. DuPage County prosecutors said the 30-year-old teacher, Jeffrey Tackes (of Bensenville, Illinois) admitted to sexual exploitation of a child. He was was sentenced to probation along with 250 hours of […]

Mother who ran over her own baby charged with DUI

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A 40-year-old woman from Steger,Illinois who allegedly drove over her child on Wednesday evening was booked at the Will County Adult Detention Facility today on two counts of aggravated DUI. Yvette Y. Guerrero-Silva is charged with the class two felony of aggravated DUI leading to the death of another and the class 4 felony of aggravated DUI causing injury […]

Police and DCFS investigate death of 4-month-old girl injured in day care

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The death of a 4-month-old baby girl who was apparently injured at an unlicensed day care facility has sparked an investigation by police and Illinois child welfare authorities. They are investigating allegations of abuse at the facility, according to officials. The Cook County medical examiner’s office reported that Anna Belle Chung, of Mount Prospect, Illinois, was […]

High school dean investigated for sending inappropriate texts to teens

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  An unnamed dean at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois is being investigated for allegedly sending a student inappropriate text messages, according to Lincolnshire police Chief Peter Kinsey. The chief said that the texts have been examined by police, who then forwarded information to the Lake County state’s attorney’s office for further review. He added that there […]

Parents not amused after kindergarten class locked in jail

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Parents of a kindergarten class are unhappy after their kids were locked up in jail as part of a field trip. The class at Sunnyside Elementary School in the west suburban Chicago suburb of Berkeley were supposed to be taking an “educational field trip” to the town’s public library and village hall. But what parents […]

'Stranger danger' wielding $5 sparks investigation

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Police in Troy, Ill., went on red alert after a stranger gave a boy five bucks. A fifth-grader was waiting for the school bus on Friday morning in the southwestern Illinois town, when a man approached him, handed him a five dollar bill, and walked off. According to the Belleville News Democrat, now officers are […]

25-year-old man sought fathers willing to allow him sexual access to their daughters

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A 25-year-old man from Frankfort Square, Illinois has been charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor and two counts of indecent solicitation of a child. The charges are the result of a two-month-long investigation, as reported by Will and Cook County sheriff’s police today. Bond was set for Brandon J. Bergthold at $750,000. He is […]

22-year-old charged with beating his father to death

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Bail was set at $3 million today for Steven Paul Lengyel, 22, of Rogers Park, Illinois, who is charged with murder after authorities accused him of beating his father so badly on Tuesday that the 55-year-old man died after two days in the hospital. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported that Lengyel was booked into Cook County Jail […]

Former day care worker convicted of murdering toddler requests new trial

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Melissa Calusinski, who was convicted on November 16 for the killing of a toddler at a  day care center in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has requested a new trial, claiming that she was falsely accused. She is comparing her case to another Lake County murder conviction that has been overturned by an appellate court. On November 16th, the jury found Calusinski, 25, […]

Justin Bieber used as torture device at Illinois high school

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Two students at a high school in Illinois have found a way to force their fellow classmates to give more to charity — torture them with Justin Bieber. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Charlotte Runzel and Jesse Chatz at Evanston High School wanted to raise $1,000 for a nearby cafe and arts center, so they […]

Illinois teacher quits after squirting student with Lysol

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A teacher accused of causing a student’s eye injury by spraying him in the face with Lysol has resigned. The math and science teacher at Rolling Meadows High School in Illinois reportedly sprayed the student because he had not put his safety goggles on during a science experiment. According to police reports obtained by the […]

Cops: Kids beat up mom after she tossed their beer

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A pair of Illinois siblings are facing domestic battery charges after police say they assaulted their mother after she threw out their beer. Lindell K. Ferguson, 18, and Brittany M. Ferguson, 20, of Fayetteville, Illinois, were arrested and taken to St. Clair County Jail after a domestic disturbance call. Police say they found their mother […]

Woman found guilty in Illinois day care murder

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A former day care worker in Illinois has been found guilty of murdering an infant in 2009. Melissa Calusinski, from Carpentersville, Illinois, worked at a Minee Subee day care center in Lincolnshire, and after “having issues” with some of the children, she lost her temper and threw 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan to the ground. The boy […]

Police: Teacher masturbated in front of students

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Possible past multiple incidentsPolice have arrested a former teacher at a school in Schaumburg, Illinois, and charged him with sexual exploitation of a child after they say he allegedly masturbated in front of students. Paul A. LaDuke, 75, was a teacher at the Schaumburg Christian School, where a student reported to another teacher that LaDuke […]

Police in Streamwood, Illinois search for the mother of an infant found strangled at thrift store

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The search continues for the mother of a newborn baby boy who was found dead at a Salvation Army store in Streamwood, Illinois on Friday. The child had apparently been strangled. A press release issued by the Streamwood police on Saturday described the mother as being a Hispanic female between 14 and 25 years old, […]

7-year-old boy shoots 7-month-old brother, father charged.

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Charges have been filed against Levar Jones, the father of a 7-year-old boy who police say accidentally shot his younger brother who 7 month sold. Jones, 26, of Englewood, Illinois, was charged with felony counts of having an invalid firearm owners identification card and reckless conduct, along with a misdemeanor charge of endangering the health […]

Man charged with killing his 18-year-old daughter and 2-year-old granddaughter

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Miguel Renteria of Skokie, Illinois, has been charged with the murder of his 18-year-old daughter and his 2-year-old granddaughter. Police said that the bodies of Cynthia Renteria and her daughter Jeiloni Renteria were discovered Wednesday afternoon after Miguel called 911, admitting that he “had just killed” them. Officers arrived at Renteria’s house and arrested the 39-year-old man outside. Police said they found his […]

Illinois' McHenry County hit by whooping cough outbreak?

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McHenry County, Illinois might be experiencing a full-on whooping cough outbreak. What were thought to be isolated cases of the highly contagious bacterial infection have more than doubled this fall. Northwest suburban Cary-Grove High School reports that 22 students have been diagnosed with whooping cough (also known as pertussis), which is commonly spread person-to-person through […]

Bus driver ticketed for crash that injures 13 teens

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On Saturday, 13 students were injured in a bus crash in Grayslake, Illinois. The 32-year-old school bus driver has been ticketed for his role in the crash, according to police. The driver, Jorge Tamayo of Chicago was given a citation for failure to yield while making a left turn. The bus was taking the students to a volleyball tournament in Woodstock, […]

Man allegedly tries to get someone to kill adopted daughter

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20-year-old daughter had claimed sexual abuse against adopted fatherPolice and prosecutors report that a man in Steger, Illinois has been charged with trying to get someone to kill his adopted daughter, whom he had sexually assaulted over about four years. Robert Deja, 45,  was arrested on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after investigators received a search […]

Contaminated cantaloupes cause 2 deaths, 20 illnesses

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Illinois state and local health officials are investigating an outbreak of a serious infection that has caused two deaths. It appears to have been caused by eating a kind of cantaloupe grown in Colorado which was shipped to Illinois and 16 other states. The Illinois Department of Health declares that at least 20 people across the U.S. have become […]

Illinois teen accused of beating his parents to death

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“Blunt force trauma to the head” reported for both victimsJohn Granat, a 17 year-old high school student, has been charged with killing his parents in their home near Palos Park, Illinois. Sheriff’s police reported that they responded to a 911 call at 7:12 a.m. Sunday (the caller was the teen, Granat).  They found John Granat, […]

Boy who died from pneumonia lived in squalid home with 200 animals

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A  Berywn, Illinois woman is being investigated by police and child welfare officials after the death of her 14-year-old son from pneumonia.  Police who searched the house found over 200 animals, along with feces and squalor, in the house where she lived with her five children. Paramedics responded on Thursday to a call that the 14-year-old boy was unresponsive on the lawn […]