EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ill. -- An Effingham County man is indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, alleging that he stabbed his 7-year-old niece to death.
Wednesday's indictment replaces a criminal complaint bearing those charges against Justin DeRyke, 22, earlier this month.
DerRke claims Willow Long fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick outside of their Watson, Illinois home on September 7th.
He then stabbed the child to quote "end her suffering."
DeRyke is due in court in Effingham County Thursday afternoon.