Bryeon was 22 months old, a beautiful little boy.
Bryeon was beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend. Bryeon's mother, Lakeshia Baker, 22, told investigators that she and her boyfriend, Michael Scott, beat her son with a belt and plastic clothes hangers April 15 before leaving him to die on the bathroom floor of their Maywood apartment. Initially, Baker had claimed that Bryeon had been kidnapped by three men, resulting in an Amber Alert being issued by police, but Baker and Scott's story unraveled as they were interviewed by police.
The man who discovered Byreon, Rob Larson, spent weeks searching the Des Plaines River. Larson, who operates a K-9 training center in Westchester, found Bryeon on May 14th near the Brookfield Zoo. He also used two of his dogs early in the effort to find Bryeon. It took four months for DNA tests to confirm the body was indeed Bryeon's.
Larson said he has searched the river every day since April 17 and grew emotional as he spoke with reporters.
"I remember looking over the bridge into the water last month and thinking, 'This can't possibly be the final resting place for this boy,'" he said. "I could not accept that."
Chicago police praised Larson for his perseverance and dedication in searching for the victim. "He's been out here virtually every day," they said. "We're very thankful to him."
Rob Larson showed more compassion and love for Bryeon than his family ever did. Bryeon's family had to be coaxed by Chicago police to go into the boy's funeral after they created a violent scene of anger and rage outside the church as they proclaimed the innocence of Bryeon's mother.
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