UPDATE: Woman Sentenced in 2011 Death of 3-Year-Old

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Rockford mom accused of beating her 3-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Head to death in 2011, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Melanie Grant took a plea deal in August, pleading guilty to aggravated battery and child endangerment. As part of the deal, she testified in trial against her boyfriend Duran Johnson who was found guilty of First Degree Murder this week.


UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The mother of a 3-year-old child beaten to death in 2011 will be going to prison.

A tearful Melanie Grant changed her plea to guilty this afternoon, admitting to beating her little girl and endangering her life, avoiding a murder sentence.

Grant’s daughter, 3-year-old Kaitlyn Head died in March of 2011 at Grant’s home in the 600 block of 11th Street from being abused over a three month period. Today, prosecutors said Grant told police the little girl fell down the stairs. Grant now admits Head was beaten with a belt and was forced to exercise for extended periods of time as a form of punishment.

As part of the plea deal, Grant’s lawyers and prosecutors agreed to a 22-year sentence. Judge Gary Pumilia said he will impose that sentence, which will come at a later date.

Grant’s boyfriend, Duran Johnson is also charged with Head’s death. His trial starts November 4th. The mother will likely testify against him at his trial.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A three-year-old girl, Kaitlyn T. Head, has been declared dead on the scene at 614 11th St. in Rockford.

Police say they arrived at the scene around 8 a.m. and found the girl unresponsive.

After further investigation Kaitlyn's mother, 29-year-old Melanie Grant and her boyfriend 37-year-old Duran Johnson, were charged with first degree murder.

Preliminary results from Kaitlyn's autopsy shows she died from trauma to the body.

Kaitlyn's two siblings were taken into protective custody.


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