( 4UMF NEWS ) 9-Year-Old Kills 14-Month-Old Baby:
A nine-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly beat a 14-month-old baby to death. The body of Taquan Willis was found by a relative last Sunday morning at his mother Ashley Johnson‘s home in Cahokia, Illinois.
Cahokia police said the nine-year-old was sleeping in the same room as the baby when he allegedly beat him to death. They are believed to have been related.
He was charged with murder today in juvenile court.
Relatives of Taquan said he was in the home with his two brothers, ages two and three, and a friend of his mother’s, along with her boyfriend, a 12-year-old boy and the nine-year-old charged in the death.
According to the St Louis Post Dispatch, one of the adults in the home heard a groaning sound coming from the bedroom and when she went to check on the children she found Taquan’s limp body.
The 14-month-old was then taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
‘I loved his smile and the way he poked his lips out to give me a kiss,’ he said after helping to carry his son’s small white casket with white flowers and blue ribbons to a white hearse.