Man Held Knife to Three Year Old’s Neck During Crime Spree

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by Liku Zelleke

Just a couple of weeks after sexually assaulting  two women, James Whiteside, 30, of the 600 block West of Deming Place, is now also being accused of holding a knife to a 3-year-old girl’s neck, jamming his fingers down her throat while robbing her mother.

On December 30th, 2013 the mother and child were on their way to church in Noble Square, Chicago, Il, when the latest attack happened.

The mother was styling the child’s hair in their car which was parked in the 1200 block of North Milwaukee. Her husband and two other daughters had already left and were waiting for them in the nearby church.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Naheeda Zayyad, Whiteside snuck up on the victims as they were getting out of the car. He put a knife to the child’s throat and forced them back inside. He then ordered the mother to give him the keys which she explained she didn’t have because her husband had already taken them.

Whiteside then stole her cell phone and cash and started ransacking the car.

When the husband called the cell phone, Whiteside destroyed it. He then turned the knife on the mother and threatened to kill her if she didn’t give him the car keys.

At some point the mother attempted to get out of the car, but Whiteside grabbed her and bit her ear. He then grabbed the child by the mouth jamming his fingers down her throat, according to Zayyad.

The mother tried to help her daughter who was choking on her own blood from the wound in her throat as Whiteside continued to ransack the car.

Eventually, the husband came out and Whiteside fled the scene, Zayyad said.

According to police, Whiteside had sexually assaulted a 69-year-old woman, taken her money, cellphone and ATM card on December 27th, 2013. Just two hours earlier, on that same day, he had also sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman in the 3100 Block of North Harlem Av.

Whiteside has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault by using a weapon, armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking using a weapon, vehicular invasion, attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault using a weapon and aggravated battery of a child causing great bodily harm.

He is currently being held without bail.


  1. Devon

    January 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    This piece of sheit needs to be locked up for life.

  2. Samanthia Speers

    January 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Rot where you are at you low down dirty you will be sucking on something

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