Judge: DCFS can’t visit home where murder suspect’s child is staying
BY JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com June 12, 2013 2:46PM
Adam M. Landerman (clockwise, from top left), Alisa R. Massaro, Joshua F. Miner and Bethany L. McKee | Supplied photos
Updated: July 15, 2013 6:53PM
A Will County judge on Wednesday declined to allow the state’s child welfare agency to do a well-being check on the daughter of a Shorewood woman charged earlier this year in a gruesome Joliet double murder.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services wanted the court to let the agency into the home of Bethany McKee’s parents, where her young daughter now lives. But Judge Paula Gomora said the agency did not present any indication that the girl’s safety was in jeopardy.
“You don’t have any allegations that anything has happened to this child. Just because she’s living there isn’t enough,” Gomora said. “I’m not going to order that they open up their home to you. If there’s more information that can be provided, I’ll entertain it.”
Bethany McKee is among four people charged in the January stranglings of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins. Also charged in the case are Joshua Miner, Adam Landerman and Alissa Massaro.
Since McKee’s arrest in January, McKee’s daughter has been living with her grandparents, Teresa and William McKee. But DCFS wanted to inspect where the girl was living after receiving information on its hotline, including that William McKee is a convicted sex offender.
That alone, Gomora said, was not sufficient to allow the agency into the McKee’s home.
William McKee pleaded guilty in November 1995 to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, admitting to a Will County judge that he fondled a girl under the age of 13. He told the Sun-Times last month that he was innocent of that charge and only agreed to a plea deal because he got bad legal advice.
The family had opposed the agency’s request because DCFS has investigated the McKee family multiple times over the years, Teresa McKee told the Sun-Times. Every time, the allegations were unfounded, she said.
Gomora set another hearing on July 23 at 10 a.m.
Contributing: Becky Schlikerman