BLOOMINGTON — Authorities in Livingston and McLean Counties continued their investigations this week into the unrelated deaths of two children.
The McLean County state’s attorney’s office is reviewing the medical records of Destiny Cox, the 3-year-old girl who died April 29 of severe head trauma. The child was taken to a hospital after David Gharrett, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, said the girl choked while eating hot peppers at a home in Chenoa, said police.
Gharrett was later charged with first-degree murder in the child’s death.
Autopsy reports indicate that Destiny died of head injuries. Sheriff Mike Emery said investigators were working with First Assistant State’s Attorney Jane Foster to compile and review reports of possible prior abuse.
Livingston County sheriff’s police are waiting for the results of scientific testing of evidence collected in connection with the May 3 death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill. The foster child was living in a Cullom home with her three siblings when rescuers responded to a call of a child with “seizure-like” symptoms.
A coroner’s report said Kianna also died of head trauma. No arrests have been made in the case.