Murky Tale Emerges as Cops ID Dismembered Toddler

Kyrian Knox, 2, was reportedly left with a family friend in August
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2015 8:41 AM CST
Murky Tale Emerges as Cops ID Dismembered Toddler
Kyrian Knox, shown, was reported missing Sept. 17.   (Rockford Police)

Police say they've identified the toddler whose body parts were found in a Chicago lagoon over Labor Day weekend. DNA evidence provided by the mother of a missing 2-year-old boy in Rockford, Ill., about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, has come back as matching the remains found in Garfield Park, reports the Chicago Tribune. Kyrian Knox wasn't actually reported missing until Sept. 17, some 12 days after the body parts were found, reports the AP. However, the boy's mother, Lanisha Knox, says she left Kyrian with her best friend's family on Aug. 18 while she moved to a new home and started a new job. She says the family agreed to watch the boy for two weeks. But when she tried to pick Kyrian up in early September, she says the family made excuses, saying it was bad timing, reports NBC Chicago.

She adds she didn't learn about her son's disappearance until she was notified by police. "At this point, I don't trust anyone and I do feel like somebody knows something and they're not saying anything," Knox says. "My heart is hurting right now," the boy's grandmother adds. "The family is together and we are trying to wrap our minds over it." The Cook County medical examiner's office was expected to receive the DNA results on Wednesday, and an official identification will follow. "This will be formally classified as a death investigation and we will work very hard to determine how Kyrian died and how he became dismembered and put into a lagoon in Chicago," a police rep says, per CBS Chicago. "It is a high priority." (More Chicago stories.)

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