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Child's body found in woods near Riverside

The body of a young, male child was recovered from the Des Plaines River today near 
the Brookfield Zoo, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department.
The body of a young, male child was recovered from the Des Plaines River today near the Brookfield Zoo, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

A child's body has been recovered from the Des Plaines River near Riverside today, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

Cook Country Sheriff's Police conducted a search today of the woods near 31st Street and First Avenue looking for the body, which media reports indicate was discovered by a local kayaker who has been volunteering in the search effort. The body recovered was that of a young, male child.

The body is believed to be that of 1 year old Bryeon Hunter, who went missing last month. 

Hunter was initially reported as abducted when he went missing, but the child's mother,  Lakesha Baker,  and boyfriend,  Michael Scott,  were later charged with first degree murder in his death. 

Police allege that the two beat Bryeon to death at Baker's home in Maywood before dumping the body in the river. 

The body is being transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. 

Baker has been ordered held without bail. Scott is being held in lieu of a $750,000 bail. 

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