Man charged with stabbing mother, dumping body in river

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A Joliet man has been charged with killing his mother and dumping her body in  the Des Plaines River.

Police confirm that 21-year-old Charles McCullum has been charged with first degree murder after confessing to stabbing his 54-year-old mother Jeanie Parker to death.

Joliet police were conducting a well being check this morning in the 100 block of 5th Ave after a neighbor called to say they had not heard from Parker.

At the scene, police found a “significant quantity of blood” inside the home and a blood trail from the home to the garage, leading up to where a car had been parked.

Police issued an alert for the car.

An officer spotted McCullum driving the car and pulled it over around 10 a.m. on Houbolt Rd in Joliet. The office noticed blood in the car and on the McCullum’s clothing.  McCullum was taken to the police station where he confessed to stabbing his mother multiple times and disposing her body in the Des Plaines River.

Police located a murder weapon inside the home. McCullum lived in the home with his mother.

Authorities have been searching the river between Jefferson and McDonough St in Joliet all day.

McCullum may appear in bond court tomorrow.

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  • Fed up

    How does a person stab a parent who has brought them into this world, took care of them, and raised them. Is it something in the water? It's not even worth it to watch the news anymore, because all you hear about is the depressing murders.

    • KCCO

      There should be a process (license) that a mother or couple has to complete prior to having a child. Pro rights would go crazy, but what is worse?
      Revenue generator for the state and also public aid saver.

  • Kim

    I can really see why he would do it. To bad my heart is bigger then my thoughts. Sometimes a parent can push a child to the limit. I'm not saying its right but I just cans see why.

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