Man convicted of murder in 2013 death of 5-year-old

GLEN CARBON, ILL. - A Glen Carbon man was convicted of murder Thursday in connection with the 2013 death of his fiancée's 5-year-old son.

Tavon Ludy, 27, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of endangering the welfare of a child Thursday for the death of 5-year-old Torian Whitaker on September 29, 2013.

According to a press release from State's Attorney Tom Gibbons, testimony from the victim's now-10-year-old brother helped support the state's charges.

Police were first called to their home in Glen Carbon on Sept. 29 in reference to a 911 call of an unresponsive child, later identified as Coleman's son, Torian Whittaker.

Whittaker was unresponsive when deputies arrived and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said an ensuing investigation revealed that Ludy hit Whittaker in the chest with his fist, causing his death. Ludy physically disciplined Whittaker and his brother for minor issues on a routine basis, according to a news release.

His fiancée, Toria Coleman, was aware of the physical discipline, police said when charges were first filed. She was charged with endangering the life and health of a child.


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