Tragic Death of 5-Year-Old: Grandparents Face First-Degree Murder Charges in Heartbreaking Case
In a devastating incident in Chicago, 5-year-old Jada Moore tragically lost her life after enduring brutal abuse at the hands of her own grandparents.
Illinois prosecutors provided explicit details about the horrific case, which unfolded on Friday, July 14.
For over two months, Moore had been subjected to whippings, and the fatal beating that led to her death occurred after she had an accident.
The grandparents, 62-year-old Klent Elwoods and 57-year-old Lisa Jones, now face charges of first-degree murder.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Moore’s death resulted from homicide induced by multiple injuries sustained from the ongoing child abuse.
During the court hearing on July 17, both grandparents were denied bond and are scheduled for a follow-up hearing on August 2. This court date serves as a grim reminder of a distressing 911 call made by Elwoods prior to the tragic event.
Late on July 14, Elwoods reported an “unresponsive” child in his home around 11 p.m., stating, “I was beating my little granddaughter and now she is out of it.” When the officers arrived, they found a heart-wrenching scene: Moore lying naked and lifeless.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) made immediate efforts to resuscitate the little girl with CPR, and she was airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital. Tragically, Moore succumbed to her injuries in the early hours of Saturday, July 15.
Authorities uncovered distressing evidence at the grandparents’ residence, including soiled children’s underwear, a belt, and a legal document granting them custody for school and medical decisions.
Prosecutors revealed that both grandparents confessed to regularly beating Moore with a belt, their hands, and a shoe.
An autopsy report revealed a horrifying array of injuries, including bruises, abrasions, and scars at various stages of healing.
Particularly disturbing were the internal avulsion pockets on Moore’s back, buttocks, and legs – injuries typically associated with car accident victims – along with brain hemorrhaging.
Prosecutors emphasized that these avulsion pockets indicate a severe loss of blood into the soft tissue, presenting heightened risks due to children’s relatively lower blood volume.
Describing this case of child abuse as heart-wrenching would hardly do justice to its unimaginable cruelty.