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Chastinea Reeves

A Gary teen who earlier in the week was considered in "extreme danger" is now being charged with her mother’s murder, Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Cater confirmed Thursday night.

Chastinea Reeves, 15, is being detained at the juvenile center on charges in connection with the death of Jamie M. Garnett, 34, who was found dead at her residence at about 2:10 a.m. Monday in the 4400 block of West 23rd Place in Gary. The Lake County coroner's office confirmed Thursday night Garnett's cause and manner of death were stab wounds in a homicide. 

Carter said his office is seeking a waiver from a juvenile court judge to move Reeves to adult court. Reeves made her first appearance in juvenile court Thursday, Carter added.

Reeves — who was located by Gary police Tuesday afternoon — will be back in court April 12, when Carter said the waiver will be considered.

Reeves first went missing at about 2 a.m. Monday, police said, and was last seen in the area of 2027 Maine St. Reeves went to that address to seek assistance after her mother was the victim of a crime police reported. 

An Amber alert was issued Monday for the missing teen. That alert was canceled just after Gary police held a press conference to announce Reeves had been found.


Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.