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Man convicted of murdering fiancés 5-year-old son

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Tavon Ludy is convicted for a murder in connection with the death of a boy, 5 (Credit: Madison County State's Attorney's Office). Tavon Ludy is convicted for a murder in connection with the death of a boy, 5 (Credit: Madison County State's Attorney's Office).

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A Madison County jury has convicted a man for murder in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy.

The incident happen in the 2110 block of Rose Knoll Lane around 10:20 p.m. in September 2013. Prosecutors say Tavon Ludy, 27, hit his fiancés son, Torian Whitaker, in the chest. Whitaker was transported to Oliver C. Anderson Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies said an investigation revealed Ludy physically disciplined Whitaker and his older brother on a routine basis over minor problems.

Police say Ludy also admitted to hitting Whitaker because he was not listening to him.According to investigators, Ludy’s fiancé, Toria Coleman, was aware of the beatings but did nothing to stop it.

Whitaker’s brother was taken into protective custody by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Authorities say Ludy was also charged for hitting Whitaker’s older brother.

Experts testified at the trial during the second week of September in 2016 that the hit to the chest forced the boy’s heart to stop.

Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney said, “Child abuse will never be tolerated and in a case like this not only do we have the terrible beating of the little boy but the beating death of another, this is not discipline.”

Ludy will be sentenced toward the end of 2016.

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