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East Peoria Woman Arrested in Connection With 4-Year-Old's Death

Tazewell County Jail
Tim Shelley / WCBU
Tazewell County Jail

An East Peoria woman was arrested for first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon in connection with the death of 4-year-old Tate Thurman.

East Peoria police arrested 33-year-old Lesli Jett for first-degree murder during a Creve Coeur traffic stop. Thurman was pronounced brain dead last week after he was found without a heartbeat in his family's East Peoria home.

Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz called it a "tragic death." He said other children were removed from the home for their safety following a DCFS and police investigation.

Authorities are scheduled to hold a press conference Thursday morning on the case.

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Tim Shelley is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.