$5M bond for uncle charged with killing 7-year-old girl

The uncle of a seven-year-old girl from downstate Illinois is being held on $5 million bond in connection with her murder.

Willow Long was reported missing on Sunday.

Her body was found wrapped in garbage bags two days later near the family’s home in Watson.

Prosecutors say the girl’s uncle, Justin Deryke stabbed the girl to death after she fell on a stick and cut her neck.

The girl’s grandfather, who is also Justin’s Deryke’s father, says he believes Willow’s death was a tragic accident and that Justin panicked and hid the girl’s body.

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