Cops found the child’s remains dumped in a lagoon in Chicago’s West Side.
(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:32 AM
A toddler found dismembered in a Chicago pond was killed because the lactose-intolerance boy cried in pain for hours after being fed milk, police said.
The man tasked with caring for 2-year-old Kyrian Knox, of Rockford, is now accused in his death.
Kamel Harris was already locked up at the Winnebago County Jail in northern Illinois for unrelated, but unspecified charges when Chicago investigators accused the 41-year-old of slaying the child in 2015.
Harris “snapped” after the child wailed in agony for most of the afternoon, Chicago police Commander Kevin Duffin said.
The alleged killer “couldn’t deal with it anymore,” Duffin added.
It’s unclear how or when the boy was killed. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not specify a cause of death.
Chicago police Sgt. Angel Romero said a foot was found floating in the Garfield Park lagoon on Sept. 5, two weeks before Harris reported Kyrian as missing.
Another foot and two hands were found, in addition to a 20-pound weight, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The next day, divers made another grim discovery — the boy’s head.
Kyrian Knox, 2
(Rockford Illinois Police Department)
Kamel Harris, 41
The child’s identity remained unknown even as cops in Rockford shared photos of little Kyrian — hoping to find the missing child — not realizing the boy’s remains had already been found in Chicago’s West Side.
Rockford police did not believe Kyrian had been abducted, officials wrote in a Facebook post dated Sept. 21.
“Some incidents create a lasting memory,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday night. “Kyrian Knox became one of those memories.”
Over the summer, detectives found Kyrian’s blood in a vehicle used by Harris.
Investigators believe the boy died in Rockford and Harris took the child’s remains 77 miles east to Chicago, dumping the body parts in the pond.
The toddler’s mother, Lanisha Knox, 24, told investigators Kyrian was staying with Harris and his girlfriend while she moved from Rockford to Iowa, the Tribune reported..
Harris and his girlfriend, who was not immediately identified, were uncooperative with the investigation, police said.