Boys killed in Chicago high-rise slaying identified

Boys killed in Chicago high-rise slaying identified

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Friday that they were still waiting to interview a woman suspected of killing her two young sons, stabbing one and throwing the other from an 11th-floor apartment window before jumping herself.

According to the department's press office, the 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition, as does a 70-year-old man believed to be her grandfather who was found in the apartment Thursday with stab wounds.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday identified the child who was thrown out the window as 2-year-old Johntavis Newell and identified the child found in the bathtub with severe lacerations and badly burned by scalding water as 7-month-old Ameer Newell. Autopsies for both boys were scheduled for Friday.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed Friday confirmed that the brothers are sons of the woman, whose name has not been released.

The boys were found early Thursday after a 911 call was made regarding a person on the street outside the apartment in the South Shore neighborhood of the city's South Side.

Guglielmi said the 70-year-old man told the officers that the woman had stabbed him before she threw one boy out the window. He said on Friday that detectives had not been able to interview him or the boys' mother.


This story was first published on January 3, 2020. It was updated on January 4, 2020 to correct that the boy thrown from a window was 2-year-old Johntavis Newell and the boy found in a bathtub was his brother, 7-month-old Ameer Newell.

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