Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Drugged out" dad charged with beating teen daughter to death during weekend visitation (Dolton, Illinois)

Dad is identified as LARRY D. WOOD. Wonder if the weekend visitation was court-ordered.... and if so, by whom.

Father Charged With Beating Daughter To Death In Motel

June 23, 2012 10:48 AM
DOLTON, Ill. (STMW) – A south suburban man was charged Friday for allegedly beating his teenage daughter to death in a Dolton motel while high on drugs.

Larry D. Wood, 34, of Dixmoor, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, Dolton police spokeswoman TaQuoya Kennedy said in a statement.

Wood told police he was high on marijuana and PCP when he beat his 16-year-old daughter, Gloria Wood, in an argument over money, Kennedy said. The girl, of Park Forest, was visiting her father for the weekend like she often did.

A housekeeper at the Best Motel & Suites in the 1300 block of East Sibley Boulevard in Dolton called police about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday after finding the girl covered in blood inside a hotel room, Kennedy said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said she was pronounced dead on the scene and a Thursday autopsy determined she died from blunt head trauma and the death was ruled a homicide. Police said the girl’s jaw and nose were broken, she had several fractures to her skull and vertebrae and was choked.

Police captured Larry Wood about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when he returned to the motel, Kennedy said.

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force assisted Dolton police in the investigation.