CHICAGO TRIBUNE — A judge on Sunday ordered a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter held on a $1 million bond.
Lehlani Edwards died of multiple injuries from child abuse, including a lacerated liver, hemorrhaging to the adrenal gland and other internal injuries, according to prosecutors.
23-year-old Terrance Space is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of 3-year-old Lehlani Edwards.
Terrance Space, who had been dating Lehlani’s mother since February of this year, has been charged with first-degree murder in the child’s killing. Space was allegedly the only person watching the child at his home in the Austin neighborhood from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday when the injuries were inflicted, prosecutors said.
Around midnight Friday, Space called Lehlani’s mother and told her the child would not wake up. The mother came over from her building, where surveillance video shows she had been all night, and called 911.
Space told his girlfriend he could not be there when the cops arrived, according to prosecutors, and left the home.
Lehlani was transported to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park and pronounced dead at 1:21 a.m. In addition to the internal injuries, Lehlani had bruises and scratches on her face, arms and torso, according to the state.
Prosecutors said Space admitted to being alone with the child that night but did not admit to causing the injuries.
Space was unable to appear in bond court Sunday as he was being treated in St. Anthony Hospital for Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin condition.