$5M bond for man charged with killing wife, stepson with bat

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A man charged with beating his wife and teenage stepson to death with a metal baseball bat early Sunday in north suburban Beach Park has been ordered held on a $5 million bond.

Armando Trejo, 47, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Lailani Uy Trejo, 43; and her 14-year-old son, Patrick K. Cruz, were found dead with “significant trauma” in their home in the 10200 block of West Bairstow Avenue in Beach Park about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

A 68-year-old woman was also found in the home suffering non-life-threatening injuries. She was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released, according to police.

Trejo and another man were inside the home when authorities arrived. He admitted to detectives that he struck his wife and stepson numerous times on the head and body with the baseball bat, according to police. The other man was a witness to the attack.

A metal baseball bat with blood on it was found at the scene, along with other evidence, according to police.

Trejo was ordered held at the Lake County Jail on a $5 million bond, and is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 22.

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