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Boy, 15, Charged With Murdering Off-Duty Officer

CHICAGO (STMW) -- A 15-year-old boy was charged with murder Saturday for allegedly beating to death an off-duty Chicago Police officer during a domestic dispute Friday morning at the South Side home she shared with several grandchildren.

The teen boy, 15, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery, police said. His name was not being released because he is a juvenile.

The boy is accused of killing an off-duty Chicago Police officer, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office as 55-year-old Hester Scott.

Scott, of the 8800 block of South Wallace Avenue, was pronounced dead at her home at 4:25 p.m. Friday, the medical examiner's office said. A Saturday autopsy determined she died of multiple injuries from an assault and her death was ruled a homicide.

Police said the woman was killed at 11:51 a.m. Friday, and responding investigators found an opened door when they arrived at the scene. She was off-duty at the time, police said.

A police source said the victim served as a police officer for 25 years.

The woman's neighbor, 92-year-old Wilbert Grant, said the victim moved to the neighborhood about 15 to 20 years ago and lived in the home with her grandchildren because her daughter was "having problems."  

"I'm very surprised," Grant said. "She was a very nice lady."

Calumet Area detectives are investigating.
 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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