Autopsy on young boy found dead in Granite City leads to murder charge


by staff

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 1:39 PM

2100 block of 14th street

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. ( – An autopsy  performed on a small child who was found unresponsive in a Granite City home Monday afternoon has lead police to file murder charges.

John Holmon, 39, has been charged with first degree murder.

Police say Holmon brutally beat the 21-month-old Jaesean Rusher while babysitting.

The announcement came during a very emotional press conference at the Granite City Police Department.

Authorities won’t say whether or not Holmon confessed to the deadly beating, but after being questioned last night he has now been officially charged.

Holmon is not the father of the toddler, rather his mother’s boyfriend and was allegedly at the house in the 2100 block of 14th Street watching the boy when the beating ocurred. Reportedly the boy's mother was in school at the time.

Investigators aren’t yet giving a motive.

Authorities say when they arrived on scene the boy had clearly been severely beaten and has blunt trauma to his head.

A memorial fund has been set up in the child’s name at Regions Bank.

Holmon is being held with no bond.

The autopsy to determine the young boy’s cause of death started at 9 a.m. Tuesday.