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State custody for 9-year-old boy charged with murder in infant's death, Illinois judge says

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(CBS/AP) BELLEVILLE, Ill. - An Illinois judge has ordered the state to take custody of a 9-year-old boy  who is accused of fatally beating a toddler in late August.

The Belleville News Democrat reported that Associate Judge Walter Brandon on Thursday also ordered the boy to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, in addition to being placed in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

According to CBS affiliate KMOV., the infant's mother, 22-year-old Alisha Johnson, was charged Wednesday with five counts of endangering the life of a child. Identical charges were filed against 31-year-old Melissa Wilbourn and 42-year-old David Hollis.

The boy is charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder in the beating death of a 14-month-old Cahokia boy on Aug. 22, 2012. The boy isn't being identified because of his age.

Three adults are facing child endangerment charges in the case after prosecutors said they allowed the toddler to be left unsupervised in the home with four other children, ages 11 or younger.

  • Crimesider Staff

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