Father charged with murder in girl's death at Dolton motel

2012-06-22T23:45:00Z 2012-06-24T00:32:41Z Father charged with murder in girl's death at Dolton motelBy Chelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

DOLTON | The father of a 16-year-old girl found beaten to death Wednesday morning in a Dolton motel was charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Larry D. Woods, 34, of Dixmoor, Ill., was taken into custody about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after returning to Best Motel, 1335 E. Sibley Blvd., according to a statement from police. Woods' identity was released Friday night.

The victim, Gloria Wood, of Park Forest, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Dolton police spokeswoman confirmed the spelling of Woods' name. The Cook County medical examiner's office lists his daughter's name as Wood.

Police said Woods told investigators he and his daughter were arguing over money when the beating occurred. The girl was visiting her father for the weekend.

Woods admitted to being high on marijuana and PCP, according to the news release.

The medical examiner's office said the girl died of blunt force trauma to her head.

Officers responded to the motel about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday when a housekeeper reported an unresponsive female, police said.

The girl's jaw and nose were broken, and she had fractures to the skull and vertebrae.

Woods was apprehended about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force assisted in the investigation.

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