CHICAGO — A man has been charged in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 4-day-old baby, Chicago police announced Friday.
Stacey Jones, 35, was fatally shot in the 2100 block of East 95th Place in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on Oct. 13. Police said Jones was eight months pregnant and doctors were able to deliver her baby boy. The baby died four days later.
Corey Deering, 39, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in their deaths. Police said Deering was the father of the baby.
Deering was a youth football coach and park district supervisor at the Chicago Park District since 2004, but is currently suspended, according to police.
Jones had conveyed to some of her friends that Deering told her she would never make it through the pregnancy.
“Through the use of technology, we were able to track the vehicle which was used to drive the offender to and from the crime scene,” Brendan Deenihan, Chief of Detectives,said.
A friend with a car, according to detectives, unwittingly drove Deering to Jones’ Jeffrey Manor home on Oct. 13, not realizing his deadly intent. It wasn’t until days later that he understood what happened. That person was not charged.
Police first arrested Deering within hours of the attack and released him for a few days until they could gather more evidence.
Deering, with the support of community activist Andrew Holmes, turned himself in to face double murder charges.
“It appears he’s the father of the child and it appears he didn’t want her to carry the pregnancy through. This is the way he chose to absolve it. But we don’t want to speculate too much,” police said.
Jones was a probation officer in Cook County Court’s Adult Probation Department. She left behind two other children who are currently staying with relatives.
Jones’ baby was born just 40 minutes after she was shot. She died within moments of giving birth.
A GoFundMe to raise money for her children has been established.