Willow Long’s three-year-old brother has been taken into state custody. DCFS Spokesman Dave Clarkin says they received a call about possible abuse on Sunday, one day before Willow’s body was found on the outskirts of town, near Watson.
Clarkin says it was the first time they’d received a call about Willows’ family, but the girl’s mother and uncle are under investigation. He says more than 220 kids have been killed in Illinois, and is encouraging everyone who suspects abuse to report it as soon as possible.
Willow’s uncle, 22-year-old Justin DeRyke, has been charged with first-degree-murder for allegedly stabbing her multiple times in the throat and chest. There’s a possibility that Willow’s mother may be charged for misleading police. She originally reported seeing Willow alive Sunday morning. The girl was actually killed on Saturday.