Grandparents charged with murder of 5-year-old granddaughter in Park Forest home

Klent Elwoods called officers to his home Friday night, “admitted to abusing” the girl and said she was unresponsive, police said in a statement.

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A Park Forest couple have been charged with first-degree murder after their 5-year-old granddaughter was found dead in their home, an apparent victim of child abuse, according to police.

Klent Elwoods, 62, called officers to his home in the 300 block of Osage Street around 10:50 p.m. Friday, “admitted to abusing” the girl and said she was unresponsive, police said in a statement.

The girl, Jada Moore, was taken to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Hospital and then airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where she died the next morning, police said. She had suffered recent and older injuries.

Elwoods and his wife, Lisa Jones, 57, both admitted to physically abusing Jada and were charged Sunday with first-degree murder. They are to appear in court Monday.

No other details were released.

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