Man charged in killings of pregnant Cook County probation officer Stacey Jones and her baby boy; Chicago police schedule news conference

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Man charged in killings of pregnant Cook County probation officer Stacey Jones and her baby boy; Chicago police schedule news conference

Via www.chicagotribune.com

A man is facing murder charges in the fatal shooting of Stacey Jones, a pregnant Cook County probation officer, and the subsequent death of her baby boy.

Corey Deering, 39, is believed to be the father of Jones’ baby, according to a source familiar with the case. Deering is expected in court for a bond hearing Friday.

Jones was shot Oct. 13 standing just outside her home. Her father, Tommy Baker, said Jones had a concealed carry license and a weapon in her pocket when she was shot. She didn’t have a chance to use it, he said, because “the coward shot her in the back.”

Prior to the man’s arrest, family said they knew there was something different about Jones’ latest love interest. For one thing, her father said, she never revealed the name of the baby’s father. In fact, aside from telling loved ones she was having another baby, her relatives said it didn’t seem much like she was in a relationship.

A source familiar with the case said Deering worked as a youth football coach and may have met Jones while coaching an older child of hers.

Chicago police scheduled a news conference for Friday morning regarding charges in the killings of Jones and the baby boy delivered after Jones was fatally shot.

Chicago police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan and First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter were scheduled “give an update” late Friday morning about charges in the killing of Jones, 35, and her baby boy, who died four days after being delivered following Jones’ fatal shooting, according to a police news release. A police spokeswoman would not immediately confirm whether charges had been approved by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Chicago police last week said a person of interest had been questioned and released in Jones’ Oct. 13 slaying. After a police spokeswoman Thursday would not say whether the person who turned himself in to police early Thursday and then was later released was the same person questioned last week, police spokesman Tom Ahern tweeted that detectives “have a suspect in custody” late Thursday morning in connection with Jones and the baby’s killings.

On Saturday, “Baby boy Harrison,” whose address was given as the same as that of Jones, in the 2100 block of East 95th Place in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood, died Saturday at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Jones, a Cook County probation officer, was shot standing just outside her home. Her father, Tommy Baker, said Jones had a concealed carry license and a weapon in her pocket when she was shot. She didn’t have a chance to use it, he said, because “the coward shot her in the back.”

Doctors were able to deliver her baby, who remained in critical condition until his death. A Chicago police source said the child had not been hit by gunfire.

The medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy on the infant and determined his cause of death was a lack of oxygen restricting blood flow to the brain. The infant’s death was ruled a homicide. Police said the child’s death resulted from Jones’ shooting.

Jones moved to Chicago about two years ago to put to work her criminal justice degree from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, by accepting a position as a probation officer, her father said.

Jones’ two other children, 7 and 11, were sleeping inside at the time of the shooting and were not harmed.

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