UPDATE: Parents, cousin charged in West Ridge beating death of 3-year-old Donnell Coakley Jr.

Donnell Coakley / Photo from Cook County Sheriff’s office BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Chicago Sun-Times After determining that her viciously abused and malnourished 3-year-old second cousin was dead, a West Ridge woman allegedly went out, bought some marijuana and then smoked it with the child’s parents near the toddler’s battered corpse. Tylesha Griffin, 22, and Donnell … Read more →

Mother charged with murder in death of 3-year-old Donnell Coakley

Tylesha Griffin / Photo from Chicago Police Tylesha G. Griffin ordered held without bond Monday in the death of her 3-year-old son at their West Ridge home. Donnell Coakley Jr.’s parents found him unresponsive in his bed at their home in the 6500 block of North Seeley Avenue about 8:40 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Donnell … Read more →

WEEK IN REVIEW: 12 murdered throughout Chicago

BY MICHAEL LANSU Homicide Watch Chicago Editor Twelve people were murdered throughout Chicago last week. Six of the slayings happened over the weekend, when at least 11 other people were wounded by gunfire. The most recent killing happened in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood when 44-year-old Luis Zuniga was shot in the 2800 block of North … Read more →

Tylesha Griffin

Suspected in the Nov. 7, 2014 death of Donnell Coakley Jr..

Photo credit: Tylesha Griffin / Photo from Chicago Police