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Chicago Mom Charged With Murder Of 3-Year-Old Who Was Allegedly Beaten, Tortured To Death

A 22-year-old Chicago woman was charged Sunday in connection with the death of her 3-year-old son on Friday.

Tylesha Griffin, of West Rogers Park, was charged with first-degree murder after the child, Donnell Coakley, was found unresponsive in his bed, the Daily Mail reports.

The boy was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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The death was classified as a homicide when an autopsy determined that Donnell had suffered “abusive injuries” after allegedly being hit more than 100 times on his buttocks, legs, arms, back and head.

According to court documents cited by the local news blog RedEye Chicago, the child had a chipped front tooth, a large open wound exposing muscle on his left arm, and was missing patches of hair.

Donnell also had burn marks on his body, and he may have been bound based on ligature markings on his wrists.

Griffin allegedly told police that Donnell was occasionally disciplined with a belt.

Earlier in the day, Griffin and Donnell’s father left the child in a relative’s care while they attended the man’s appointment with his parole officer, according to CBS Chicago.

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When they came back, Donnell was reportedly discovered lying in his bed in his own vomit. The parents cleaned up the mess and put the boy back to bed, but found their son unresponsive hours later and called 911, according to court documents.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Griffin, who is pregnant, has two other children, who were both taken into custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. The agency is conducting an investigation into the alleged abuse by Griffin and the father of at least one of the children.

In 2011, Griffin had been investigated for neglect and lack of supervision of her children.

She is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 26.

Sources: Daily MailRedEye ChicagoCBS ChicagoChicago Tribune


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