An Illinois mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in connection to the disappearance of 1-year-old Bryeon Hunter, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
On Friday, Lakeshia Baker and Michael Scott were both charged with first-degree murder as the search continues for the child who has been missing since Tuesday (April 16). A judge ordered the mother be held without bond on Saturday, while bail was set at $750,000 for her boyfriend– who is not the father of the missing child.
While both parties have reportedly blamed each other for the boy’s disappearance, prosecutors say Baker and Scott beat the boy then dumped his body. It has not been found.
“There’s no reason to do anything to any child,” said Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry. “They’re innocent, they’re helpless. But it’s even more egregious that you can find it within yourself to hurt your own.”
Baker claims she and Hunter were attacked and beaten by three Hispanic men before he was abducted in the Chicago suburb of Maywood. All three men have since been cleared of any wrongdoing and an AMBER Alert was issued as authorities searched the Des Plaines River for the boy’s body.
Curry has stated that he’s “not optimistic” of finding Hunter alive.
The search for the young boy will continue this week, as the AMBER alert is still in effect.
Hunter was last seen wearing a blue, striped long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and blue and brown Nike shoes. He is 2 feet tall and weighs 30 pounds.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Maywood Police Department at 708-450-4471.