Carla Poole, 37, was charged Tuesday with the second-degree murder of her 4-year-old Chicago relative Demond Reed, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Poole was taking care of Reed while he was on a visit from Chicago. She reported him missing last week when she claimed a family friend had taken him.
Police found Reedâ€™s body late Saturday night at the North Minneapolis duplex where he was staying. Police searched the house a second time, which resulted in the finding of Reedâ€™s body, after Pooleâ€™s 11-year-old daughter told police that Poole had beaten him, reported the Star Tribune.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that Pooleâ€™s children, all younger than 12, told investigators they saw Poole hit Reed. According to their report, Pooleâ€™s 6-year-old son said his mother made him and his 4-year-old sibling hold Reed down while she beat him.
After the initial beating, Reed had a seizure and began to vomit, but Poole was too afraid to call 9-1-1, reported the Star Tribune. He died soon after, at which point, the complain states, â€śthe defendant placed a gray blanket over Demond and left him lying on a bed for approximately two days,â€? reported the Chicago Tribune. Pooleâ€™s daughter told police that her mother later moved Reedâ€™s body into a closet, the report continues.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the complaint filed states that after the autopsy it was determined that Reed had â€śbruising on his head, puncture wounds on his stomach, back and buttocks, a bite mark on his stomach, a large hematoma on his left eye, injury indicating a blunt object had been forced into his mouth, and there was bleeding inside his brain.â€?
As of Tuesday no cause of death had been released, reported the Chicago Tribune.