5-year-old killed on his birthday by mother’s fiancé


Tavon Ludy & Toria Coleman

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A Madison County mother and her fiance’ are behind bars for the death of a 5-year-old boy.

Investigators say on Sunday, September 29, a 911 call was reported from the 2100 block of Rose Knoll Lane, of a 5-year-old child being unresponsive.

Deputies arriving on the scene found Torian Whittaker, 5,  lifeless.  He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say both Torian and his  7-year-old brother were physically disciplined by their mother’s finance, Tavon Ludy, 24.   Investigators believe Lundy punched Torian in the chest, causing the child to collapse and die.

Ludy is now charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery to a Child.

The child’s mother, Toria Coleman, 27, also faces child endangerment charges.

The boy’s mother was shopping for his birthday present at the time, but investigators say she was aware the boy and his brother were being abused by Ludy.

Ludy’s bond has been set at $550,000, and Coleman’s bond is $50,000.

The 7-year-old is now in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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