A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder in his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter after a series of brutal stabbing and beating.
John Singleton, 31, was charged with first-degree murder in Alexis’ death on Monday evening so he is expected to be present in bond court Tuesday.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services revealed it had been addressing Alexis and her mother a little over a year ago, in May 2016, over child-neglect claims and speculations that the department finally concluded as non-credible.
According to court records, Singleton was proven guilty of committing aggravated domestic violence as he choked a woman in 2014. He had just been released from prison in April and was currently on parole.
Chicago Police believed that Alexis suffered her injuries during a domestic quarrel. However, the reason that caused her death is still undiscovered.
He attacked the 12-year-old girl at 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 4600 block of North Beacon in the Sheridan Park neighbourhood, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Alexis was admitted to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she died at 10:46 p.m., authorities said.
Taylor, the maintenance man in Alexis’ building, said the girl lived there with her mother, who was not home when her boyfriend committed his crime.
Many of the children who lived in the building were close to Alexis, Taylor added.
“She looked like a little Shirley Temple. Little curls….Very happy all the time.” said Taylor.
“She was a sweet little kid. Sweet girl, sweet girl.” Taylor said.
Community activist Andrew Holmes said, “We lost another baby. Another life was cut short today.”
Taylor said Alexis had an “awesome” mother.
“She loved her child,” he said. “They was like Siamese twins, you know, you didn’t see them apart. She really took care of her baby.”
Scott Ammarell, CEO of Chicago House, said Alexis’ death has hit other tenants hard.
“It is absolutely devastating for everyone who lives here. We have a very tight-knit group of residents.” he said.
Ammarell would confirm whether Alexis’s death was recorded on surveillance cameras.
“I can only confirm that whatever information we have is being provided directly to the police.” he said.