Autopsy Determines Toddler Was Murdered

MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. (STMW) – An autopsy Saturday determined a toddler who died Thursday was beaten to death.

Lavandis Hudson, of the 3600 block of West 147th Pl. in Midlothian, died of multiple blunt force injuries and child abuse, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson’s death was ruled a homicide.

Lavandis was pronounced dead at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Following his death, the state launched another investigation of the child’s mother.

“We are investigating allegations of abuse and neglect against the mother in this family,’’ said Dept. of Children and Family Services spokesman Kendall Marlowe.

Marlowe said the agency has had two previous investigations of the woman. One was “indicated or substantiated” in 2009, and the other was classified as a “pending investigation’’ of abuse and neglect from last month.

Marlowe said one sibling has been placed in the care of a relative.

Midlothian Police Chief David Burke said police were notified at 2:30 p.m. Thursday of the death.

“This is an open case. We are checking on it,’’ Burke said Friday.

The chief declined to say if they had recently been to the home for any reason.

Burke could not be reached immediately Saturday for further comment.

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  • I Dont Get It... Really

    Special place in hell for people that harm children. Full of pain and torment.

    • Jsmi

      From your comment to God’s ears

  • Roberta Waker

    TWO previous investigations and the child was still allowed to live with her? NOW DCFS is investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. Where was DCFS in 2009 when the first allegations were filed? This poor baby died a horrible death at the hands of the person responsible for keeping him safe. I hope she goes to prison for life and the inmates do to her what she did to that poor baby. This should NOT have happened. SOMEONE had to know this baby was being abused and did nothing. I hope the mother and they rot in hell.

  • These...

    @ tbap… So what do you have to say about the European in Norway that just killed over 90 people… A saint!? Or the guy who beat his parents to death with a hammer a couple weeks ago because they said ‘no” to him having a party. Now go look in the mirror and slap yourself!

    • Lakeisha

      @These, What the hell does some rare, random crimes commited by whites have to do with the black negros in this story? I think it is time for you to look in the mirror and slap your black ass !

    • Lyndia

      No, they are members of the “Should have been aborted group” like you.

  • pat f

    Casey Anthony-white. Some people are just not meant to be parents.

  • justforchuckles

    Ignorance rules. One the woman who was assaulted at the Mc Donalds was not blind. She had an aid dog to help with her two autistic children. She threw a soda on the floor and it splashed onto the woman who then assaulted her. Now to the real question at hand is does one really want to argue in the weeks following the Casey Anthony case that blacks and whites are really all that different. I would personally say yes, ie this woman will go to jail for a very long time and Casey Anthony was allowed to walk and will no doubt use the notoriety to cash in. Beyond this little difference. Parents of all races abuse, neglect, and even kill their own children and anyone who thinks one race has monopoly on such actions clearly is ignorant and a racist. Next.

    • Craig

      Casey Anthony was found to be not guilty, dummy.

    • ChicagoCitizen

      @justfor, Casey Anthony was found to be not guilty. That should be the end of it.

  • 70% black illegitimacy rate

    Some of the comments here are laughable. Especially the ones that bring up Casey Anthony. For every Casey Anthony, there are a dozen black parents who neglect and/or abuse their children. The media just chooses to ignore the vast majority of those stories. The reason being that it is not news. Everyone just expects blacks to behave that way. Casey Anthony was an anomaly, therefore it is news.

    • Tyreese

      Exactly correct. Couldn’t have said it better myself. You are also right about Casey, she was a major anomaly. Some morons like this Lyndia person will never get it. The chip in her shoulder is simply too deep.

      • Tyreese

        @Lyndia, Again with the black racist babble. Casey Anthony is a bad example, she was found to be not guilty by a jury of her peers, end of story. As far as what is wrong with Chicago, I’m sure the crime statistics speak for themselves. Blacks make up more than 95% of all violent crime in the city. Until you are willing to admit that, you are the problem, rather than part of the solution.

      • Lyndia

        There is no chip on my shoulder stupid. Whites, blacks, etc. abuse and neglect their children. You seem to single out blacks for EVERYTHING that is wrong in Chicago, the usa and the world. Casey Anthony got off with killing her baby, Whites kill their children just like all other races. There may by issues in the black community but there are issues in the white community too.

    • Lyndia

      You are right. Just as they expect whites to kill their parents and become serial killers.

  • Lndia

    Some people can not stand to hear the truth.

    • Jim

      Most of us can’t stand to read your black racist babble, Lyndia.

      • Lyndia

        If you or anybody else for that matter, can’t stand to read my racist babble Jim, then do not dish it out.

  • Mike

    Why is the picture of a Caucasian baby when the story is about a black baby?

    • Tyrone

      CBS likes to throw a curve ball so the black negros don’t have their feelings hurt.

  • papa zu

    maybe dfc should be investigated for giving too much leiniancy towards minorities. Why can’t people just use condoms or get fixed?

    • Bill T.

      Using condoms or the pill takes far too much common sense for these people.

  • TONI


  • Jim

    Just terrible.

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