Zion baby missing: In the case of the missing five-month-old Zion baby, police have charged the mother’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Demetries Thorpe, who “put his hand over the baby's mouth while the boy was crying and then threw the infant's body into a trash bin in Zion last week, prosecutors said” according to an Aug. 24, 2013, Chicago Tribune report.
While Demetries Thorpe is in police custody and is being held on $5 million bond for first-degree murder, the search for the missing Zion baby continues.
The City of Zion Illinois Police Department Facebook page wrote the following missing Zion baby update:
“Late Friday night, Lake County States Attorney Michael Nerheim authorized first degree murder charges against Demetries Thorpe for the murder of baby Joshua Summeries. The States Attorney was able to detail overwhelming evidence against Demetries, including his confession, and video surveillance of Demetrious placing Joshua in a dumpster. We have not yet found Joshua and will continue our search using every possible resource available. -- Wayne Brooks, Chief of Police”
During a Saturday morning news conference, Round Lake police Chief George Filenko said that looking for a dead baby in the 330-acre landfill facility on Green Bay Road in Zion, a Chicago suburb, is "worse than (looking for) a needle in a haystack."
On Wednesday around 8 a.m., the five-month-old Zion baby was reported missing and a massive search, which involved 200 police officers and emergency workers, was initiated. By Friday, construction equipment was used to pick through the trash at the 330-acre landfill.
According to the missing Zion baby’s mother, five-month old Joshua Summeries was crying around 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Her boyfriend, Demetrius Thorpe, told her that “he would handle it.” When Joshua was missing, Demetrius Thorpe told Joshua’s mother that someone had reached into the window and taken the baby. When the Zion baby’s mother asked more questions and wanted to know why he hadn’t called the police, Demetries Thorpe ran from the apartment.
Around 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening, 26-year-old Demetries Thorpe was picked up by police.
According to authorities, Demetrius Thorpe told police that “he had put his hand over the mouth of the crying boy and that the child stopped breathing. … He put the child's body in a backpack, which he put in a garbage can in an alley behind the building.”
A surveillance video showed Demetrius Thorpe retrieving the backpack from the garbage can in the alley and taking it to a large metal trash bin. “He then watched a garbage truck empty the bin.”
After police were able to track down the driver of the garbage truck, he told them that he had taken the trash truck load to the Zion landfill.
As hundreds of police officers are continuing to sift through the landfill for the missing Zion baby, Zion residents are praying that five-month-old Joshua Summeries, who was born on March 13, will be found.
"I just want peace for the mother and for our community," said one of the Zion residents. "We are all here to help each other."