MAYWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — An autopsy on Wednesday should help determine if the body of a small boy found along the Des Plaines River belongs to 20-month-old Bryeon Hunter, the Maywood boy allegedly killed by his mother and her boyfriend.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports 22-year-old Lakesha Baker and 21-year-old Michael Scott appeared in court Wednesday morning at the Maywood Courthouse, dressed in yellow jail jumpsuits.
Both have been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly beating Bryeon to death because they were upset he could not be potty trained, and then dumping his body in the river.
Prosecutors have said Baker regularly beat Bryeon with a belt, and made him sit on the toilet. They said Baker and her boyfriend, Michael Scott, beat Bryeon with a belt and plastic hangars on April 15, while Scott covered the toddler’s mouth so Lloyd would not hear him screaming.
Baker and Scott allegedly left Bryeon to die, and afterward made up a story that he’d been kidnapped by three Hispanic men. Baker even picked out three pictures in a police mug book as the purported kidnappers, but police quickly discovered the story was a lie.
After the two were charged, Baker also had two black eyes which she claimed were from the abduction, but which prosecutors alleged were the result of a beating by Scott.
Wednesday’s hearing lasted only a couple minutes, because their attorneys couldn’t make it to court, and the case was continued until next week.
Meantime, the man who found the body shared a special moment with Bryeon’s grandmother.
WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports Robert Larson and dozens of other volunteers have been searching along the banks of the Des Plaines River almost every day since Bryeon went missing. On Tuesday, Larson found a boy’s body along the river near 31st Street and 1st Avenue in Riverside while searching in his kayak.