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Father Charged With Beating Daughter To Death In Motel

Larry Wood (left) and Gloria Wood. (Credit: Dolton Police Dept.)

Larry Wood (left) and Gloria Wood. (Credit: Dolton Police Dept.)

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DOLTON, Ill. (STMW) – A south suburban man was charged Friday for allegedly beating his teenage daughter to death in a Dolton motel while high on drugs.

Larry D. Wood, 34, of Dixmoor, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, Dolton police spokeswoman TaQuoya Kennedy said in a statement.

Wood told police he was high on marijuana and PCP when he beat his 16-year-old daughter, Gloria Wood, in an argument over money, Kennedy said. The girl, of Park Forest, was visiting her father for the weekend like she often did.

A housekeeper at the Best Motel & Suites in the 1300 block of East Sibley Boulevard in Dolton called police about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday after finding the girl covered in blood inside a hotel room, Kennedy said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said she was pronounced dead on the scene and a Thursday autopsy determined she died from blunt head trauma and the death was ruled a homicide. Police said the girl’s jaw and nose were broken, she had several fractures to her skull and vertebrae and was choked.

Police captured Larry Wood about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when he returned to the motel, Kennedy said.

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force assisted Dolton police in the investigation.

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