Police: Joliet Father Shoots 12-Year-Old Son

UPDATED 12/21/10 1:31 p.m.

JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) – A 12-year-old boy is barely alive after allegedly being shot by his father in Joliet overnight.

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the boy, identified as Ovaday Tademy, was fighting for his life at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, after police say his father shot him in the head.

The father, Roderick Tademy, 35, is now charged with aggravated battery.

The shooting happened in a home in the 1200 block of Cutter Avenue in Joliet, to which police were called just after 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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The boy’s mother, Antoinetta Tademy, told responding officers that the boy had been shot in the head by her husband. Ovaday was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet “grave condition,” but later had to be transferred to Loyola due to the extent of his injuries.

Antoinetta Tademy took the .22-caliber handgun from her husband after the shooting.

Ovaday is a seventh grader at Hufford Junior High school in Joliet.

Neighbors who didn’t want to go on camera said they didn’t see Ovaday out of the house too often. They also had little to say about his father, the suspect in the case.

“The father of the 12-year-old son was discovered in the rear of the residence by police officers on the scene. He was taken into custody without incident,” said Joliet police Chief Fred Hayes. “According to the mother, the father and the son had some type or argument, when the father suddenly took out a handgun and shot the 12-year-old boy in then head.”

Police, armed with a search warrant, returned to the apartment a short time later and recovered three other weapons — an AK47, a Tech-9 semi-automatic and a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Roderick and Antoinetta Tademy’s twin 6-year-old daughters were also in the apartment, and Hayes indicated that they may have seen the shooting. They are now in the custody of child welfare officials and receiving counseling.

Ovaday’s mother apparently stepped in to stop the feud between the boy and his father, and also tried to resuscitate her son after he was shot, authorities said.

Hayes said more serious charges against Roderick Tademy could be approved by prosecutors once interviews are complete.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli and WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Roberts contributed to this report.

  • George

    A$$ BONE

  • Average Guy

    Years ago, I was thirty-five years old and my oldest son was twelve then. I can remember asking him, then telling him a few times. I remember going to his school because he talked back to an adult. I would discipline him by taking things away. His video games, his T.V. privileges or I would talk him to death with stories of when I was a child. I just couldn’t teach him to justify using violence for any reason. I believe that spanking a child is teaching violence. Maybe, this parent came from a dysfunctional family who never taught him how to love himself. Therefore, he was incapable of showing love too his child. And, taking his child’s life was his way out. Because he could not be a father, he never knew how.

  • taytay

    typical GHETTO PIG!

  • Griffin Family

    I have spoken with one of Roderick’s family members.
    Antoinett’s father lives in Dallas. He is also the grandfather of Obedayah

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  • sexyboi

    What if? The boy is part of some gang and his dad is part of another rivel gang and his 12 year old son doesn’t realize what he just got himself into and he won’t listen to his dad, so his dad decides, instead of growing up to have “NO LIFE” like me, I’m going to take you life right now……”better me than the streets”, and also the dad having all those guns could have been protecting his family (wife and twin 6 year old girls), and the 12 year old just brought horrible trouble to the WHOLE house? Just a Thought for what could have possible motive……Thoughts please?

  • Ricardo Vargas

    why did u shoot my friend u ugly man

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