Man Accused of Murdering and Dismembering a Two-Year-Old Stands Trial in Cook County
On Tuesday, a man from Illinois went on trial. The accused faces charges for dismembering a two-year-old child.
In August 2015, in Rockford, Illinois, young Kyrian Knox was gruesomely murdered. Believing that Kamel Harris carried out this action, the police took the 44-year-old into custody two years later, in 2016. The reason for the year-long wait was due to the fact that officers struggled to find Knox’s body. They came across some of the child’s remains in September 2015. The body parts were found in the Garfield Park lagoon in Chicago.
Harris will stand trial on account of three charges: first-degree murder, dismemberment of a human being, and concealment of a homicidal death. During the opening day of the trial, which has so far lasted for a week, the prosecution made claims that Harris ‘snapped’ and couldn’t control himself, which resulted in Knox’s death. Namely, Harris fed the kid with milk, but the child had an adverse reaction due to being lactose intolerant. According to police reports, Knox’s mother was preparing to move to Iowa while Harris
Allegedly, what pushed Harris into killing the child was the fact that the young Knox couldn’t stop crying for hours. was watching Knox. He took that opportunity to snatch him from his family.
The report goes on to say that Harris took the body from Rockford to Chicago in one piece. Only after he reached the Windy City did he dismember Knox’s remains. Harris took different parts of the body and placed them in plastic bags. After tying them to weights, he allegedly dropped them in the Garfield Park lagoon.
In 2015, media reported that the police managed to find the kid’s hands, head, and feet, but whereabouts of the rest of his body were still unknown. Andreana Turano, who acts as an assistant to the State’s Attorney, said to reporters that the prosecution didn’t have any DNA or fingerprint evidence which would place Harris at the murder scene. Without it, Turano adds, there’s nothing linking Harris to the act.
When the police got hold of Harris, he was already in jail. Kevin Duffin, police Commander, says that when they arrested Harris on account of Knox’s murder, Harris was already in the Winnebago County jail on an unrelated charge.
Even though investigators firmly believe Knox lost his life in Rockford, the child’s body was found in Chicago, and the police did the major part of the casework in the city. Consequently, they charged Harris in Cook County.