Witnesses Won't Help Police Investigate Case Of Toddler Found In Lagoon
By Kate Shepherd in News on Nov 19, 2015 8:59PM
Chicago police have not been able to make contact with the couple who last took care of 2-year-old Kyrian Knox, whose remains were found in the Garfield Park lagoon in early September.
The two Rockford residents, whom Chicago Chief of Detectives Dean Andrews told reporters he would not call suspects, are critical to the investigation but refusing to cooperate, police told the Tribune.
"We don't believe they're running," he said to reporters. "They're basically witnesses."
Andrews officially identified the couple as Kamel Harris and Danyelle Foggs. The boy's mother Lanisha Knox left him in their care in August when she got a new job in Iowa. Harris is her roommate's father.
Knox reportedly called Harris to check in on her son regularly but never spoke with the child on the phone, her family said. Authorities believe he disappeared sometime in August but was not reported missing until mid-September, over a week after his then-unidentified remains were found in the lagoon.
Harris claims that a man and two women who he did not know visited his house in late August and asked for the boy, who he handed over to them after being given permission by his mother via phone, he told the Rockford Register Star.
"Give us some indication who you turned the boy over to," Andrews urged to Harris at the news conference.
Foggs lost custody of two of her children when Knox was reported missing on Sept. 17. She is no longer in a relationship with Harris, who she said was "totally responsible" for Knox, she told the Register Star.