EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - A 57-year-old Collinsville man was sentenced Tuesday to life imprisonment for the November 2005 murders of a 19-year-old pregnant woman and her 4-year-old cousin.
Prosecutors charged Kevin Reid in March 2008 after authorities found the bodies of Anquiaette "Tweety" Parker and Cerman "C.J." Toney Jr. in an underground cistern on property once owned by Reid. Parker had been babysitting Toney when they disappeared.
Prosecutors said Reid killed the pair after an unsuccessful drug deal.
Reid was convicted in March 2014 on two counts of murder and one count of intentional homicide of an unborn child.
Four-year-old C.J. Toney's mother spoke at Tuesday's sentencing. Addressing Reid, she said she hopes he suffers in prison. She calls the years her son was missing "torture" and says she often contemplated suicide but felt she had to live to see what had happened to her son.
She also told Reid she had her son cremated because she couldn't bear the thought of burying his body and leaving him again. In an interview with NewsChannel 5 she described the day she received her son's ashes in a cardboard box at the funeral home.
"This is how I get my baby back? It isn't supposed to turn out that way. No, it isn't supposed to turn out that way," said Latoya Franklin.
Franklin also tells us she "lives in fear" that she'll lose her other two children, and that she's being treated for severe depression. But, she says she feels 'blessed' by the support she's received and is happy with Reid's sentence, which she says has provided her with closure.