Boy dead, woman critically injured in domestic attack on North Side, police say. Suspect was released from prison yesterday, according to state data.

Update March 14, 2024: The Cook County medical examiner’s office determined that Jayden Perkins died from a stab wound to his chest.

CHICAGO — An 11-year-old boy is dead, and a 33-year-old woman is critically injured following an attack inside a North Side apartment on Wednesday morning. Chicago police said they believe the crime is domestic in nature.

A suspect is in custody. He was released from prison less than 24 hours before the attack, according to his profile on the Illinois Department of Corrections inmate locator. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2015 for a domestic-related armed home invasion involving a different woman, according to court records and a source. The case has been through a series of appeals and was still active earlier this year.

Neighbors began calling 911 shortly before 8 a.m., reporting that two people were severely injured in an apartment in the 5900 block of North Ravenswood. Officers found the boy with an injury to his chest and the woman with multiple stab wounds, according to a Chicago police media statement. Investigators had not determined the nature of the boy’s injury. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as Jaydone Perkins.

The 37-year-old suspect fled the scene, but police arrested him a short time later.

In addition to the 2015 home invasion conviction, he has been sentenced to prison three times for violating orders of protection.

According to a 2022 Illinois Supreme Court opinion upholding his conviction, the man was convicted in a 2017 bench trial of forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home, attacking her, and threatening her 15-year-old son. He then escaped in the woman’s car.

During the home invasion, the man allegedly held a gun to the woman’s chin and choked her after telling her she needed to come up with a better reason for not seeing him any longer, the opinion stated.

We are not identifying the man by name because he has not been charged with Wednesday’s attacks.

Editor’s note: The Cook County medical examiner’s office provided a different spelling of Jayden’s first name. This story has been updated to reflect the spelling provided by people who knew him.

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