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No bail for Marquette Park couple charged with murdering 2-year-old girl

Allison Zelaya suffered from “chronic and acute” child abuse, prosecutors said. Her mother Milixen Ardon, 24, and Ardon’s boyfriend, Wilfredo Cruz, 43, have been charged with the toddler’s murder.

A man and woman are charged with killing a 2-year-old girl Oct. 19, 2021, in Marquette Park.
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A Marquette Park couple accused of murdering a 2-year-old girl who Cook County prosecutors said died from “chronic and acute” child abuse was ordered held without bail Friday.

Allison Zelaya’s death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, and an autopsy revealed she died from a rupture to her stomach that was caused by blunt force trauma like a punch to the abdomen, prosecutors said.

Allison, who died Monday at Holy Cross Hospital, had several apparent injuries all over her body and appeared malnourished due to the “chronic and acute” child abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother, 24-year-old Milixen Ardon, and her mother’s boyfriend, Wilfredo Cruz, 43, prosecutors said.

Wilfedo Cruz and Milixen Ardon
Chicago Police Department

Cruz and Ardon were in a relationship and had lived together in a basement apartment in the 6600 block of South California, since June, authorities said.

An acquaintance of Cruz who moved in with the couple in August often saw the pair beat Allison, lock her in her room and leave her alone in the apartment for hours, prosecutors said.

The roommate also noticed several bruises on Allison when they would play together, prosecutors said.

On Monday, the roommate saw a crying Ardon holding a limp and lifeless Allison, prosecutors said. The child was taken to the hospital shortly after.

Cruz and Ardon allegedly admitted they hit Allison, left her alone in the apartment and tied her down to a cot.

Police also found suspected blood in multiple areas in the couple’s apartment and suspected urine in Allison’s bedroom, prosecutors said.

Cruz and Ardon are expected back in court Nov. 9.