Thursday, May 30, 2013

Woman Stabs Baby to Death, Then Stabs Herself, at Diplomat Motel, Chicago (Updated)

Diplomat Motel, Chicago
Diplomat Motel (Photo: A Chicago Sojourn)
May 30, 2013 - Half a dozen Chicago police vehicles and yellow crime scene tape indicated that something was wrong at the Diplomat Motel late this morning.

Police officers and their vehicles, some parked at crazy angles across the street from a Dominick's grocery story, guarded a quiet homicide scene at 5230 N. Lincoln Avenue.

"A 5-month-old baby boy was killed and his mother seriously wounded," reports the Chicago Tribune, quoting authorities, "in an apparent murder-suicide attempt at a motel on North Lincoln Avenue this morning."

UPDATE: The woman checked into the motel two days ago (on May 28) with a man and the baby, reports DNA Info. "According to a front desk clerk at the Diplomat, who asked to remain anonymous, a man approached her after 10 a.m. this morning, asking her to call 911. 'Call the police. The lady killed my son, the lady killed my son,' the clerk said the man shouted."

North side of the Diplomat Motel (Image: Google Maps) Click to Enlarge
Authorities say the woman stabbed the baby and then herself, says the Tribune. The woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.

"Looks like somebody got killed," said an onlooker in Dominick's parking lot. "See that red tape on the door to that room? They only put that up when there's a dead body." Another onlooker told Chicago News Bench that he saw police officers carry out "a baby wrapped in something. I think that baby's dead. They brought out a woman, too."

The motel's rooms open directly to the outside. The room in which the woman and baby were found is on the motel's north side (see image above).