Authorities have charged two adults in connection with the tragic death of a 5-year-old girl in Park Forest. The child’s grandfather, Klent Elwoods, confessed to abusing the girl. Elwoods and his wife, Lisa Jones, both in their 60s, were taken into custody on Friday. They are both scheduled to appear in bond court on Monday, facing first-degree murder charges.
Law enforcement and medical personnel swiftly arrived at a residence on Osage Street at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Friday, following a distressing call concerning a 5-year-old girl. Klent Elwoods, the child’s grandfather, had dialed 911. In an effort to save her life, officers and paramedics immediately performed CPR before rushing her to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Hospital. However, due to the severity of her injuries, she was later transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she tragically passed away the next morning.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Jada Moore. Following the incident, Elwoods and his wife, Lisa Jones, were apprehended. During interviews with detectives, both Elwoods and Jones confessed to physically abusing Jada. The autopsy conducted on the young girl revealed signs of physical abuse, further corroborating their admissions.
The details surrounding this heartbreaking case remain limited at this time. Authorities have not released any further information regarding the motive behind the abuse or the relationship between the suspects and the victim.
The community is left grappling with the tragic loss of a young life and seeking answers as to how such a horrific incident could occur. The upcoming court appearance of Klent Elwoods and Lisa Jones will shed more light on the circumstances surrounding Jada’s death.