A central Illinois man admitted he killed his niece and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The mother of the 7-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in Effingham County, Illinois in September is back home after serving jail time for lying to police during the investigation.
Willow Long’s mother, Ciara DeRyke, was arrested Monday in Effingham. She’s charged with obstruction related to the investigation of her daughter’s September slaying.
A 22-year-old Effingham County man accused of fatally stabbing his 7-year-old niece won’t go on trial until next year.
The 22-year-old uncle of Willow Long was indicted Wednesday on three counts of first degree murder.
Services for Willow Long will be held Monday at Effingham’s First Baptist Church. It’s set to begin at 11 a.m.
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services spokesman Dave Clarkin says that before Willow Long was killed last weekend, the agency had no involvement with the Effingham County family. The boy is 3.