Boyfriend charged in the murder of missing baby

A community gathered to remember a murdered 5-month-old baby after prosecutors charged the boyfriend of the child’s mother with the crime.

Demetries Thorpe, 26, of the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue in Zion, was charged with first degree murder, officials said. Thorpe is currently being held on $5 million bond.

Kiesha Summeries thanked local law enforcement for their hard work looking for her son, and she asked them to keep searching until the little boy is found.

More than one hundred friends and neighbors held a candlelight vigil in support of Joshua Summeries’ family. His father, Clarence, also thanked the Zion community for their love and support.

“I just want to say, I love you son, always and forever,” Summeries said.

According to police, Thorpe confessed to suffocating the little boy, then disposing of his body in a nearby dumpster.

Joshua Summeries was reported missing Wednesday morning. The suspect told police that he put his hand over the boy’s mouth for about 15 seconds until he stopped breathing.  He then placed Joshua’s body in a backpack, took it down the alley and placed it in a garbage can, police said.

During a somber news conference this morning, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim detailed the investigation. He said the suspect initially lied to the boy’s mother and said the child had been abducted.

Surveillance cameras in the area captured images of Thorpe dumping the backpack in a nearby dumpster. He then waited and watched a garbage truck empty it, Nerheim said.

After the boy went missing, Zion police asked residents to check their garbage cans for the missing boy. The search took a heartbreaking turn yesterday when it was announced police were sifting through garbage in a nearby landfill. The search for the boy’s body continued Saturday.

“It’s a terrible situation. To say a needle in a haystack, it’s even worse than that,” Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks said.

The search for the body will resume Sunday morning.

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