Illinois child welfare worker fatally stabbed during home visit

Illinois child welfare worker fatally stabbed during home visit


An Illinois child welfare worker was stabbed to death as she conducted a visit at a home with six children, authorities said.

Benjamin Reed, 32, has been arrested over the attack on 36-year-old Deidre Silas after she entered his Thayler home alone for the welfare check on Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities haven’t revealed why Silas — who was an investigator for the state Department of Children and Family Services — was carrying out the checks, or whether there were any known threats at the home.

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Reed, who is believed to be related to at least one of the children, was taken into custody just hours after the stabbing when cops found him at a nearby hospital.

He was being treated for a cut

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