Police investigate stabbing death of suburban autistic teen

Police are investigating the death of a 14-year-old who was found stabbed to death Sunday in his home in suburban River Grove.

Alex Spourdalakis, who was autistic, lived with his mother in an apartment in the 8100 block of West Grand Ave.

Spourdalakis was found stabbed to death is his bed.  Police also found his mother and a caregiver semi-conscious.  They are hospitalized.

Officers did not find a weapon in the apartment.
The Dept of Child and Family Services says it is investigating allegations of abuse involving the mother and a caregiver.

Prior to Sunday’s incident, allegations of neglect were made against the mother in January but was unfounded in April.

DCFS says the made repeated attempt to offer their services and programs but those attempts were reportedly rejected by the family.

The River Grove Police and Fire Departments have had contact with the autistic teen before.

Police Chief Rodger Loni says the teen would become violent and refuse to go to the hospital for routine appointments.  “He was a big, strong boy and he didn’t want to go to the hospital willingly so he had to be restrained when they took him for treatment,” Loni told WGN.

Chief Loni said police suspect foul play.  They are talking with the mother and caregiver.


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