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Edith Brady-Lunny


Edith began her career as a reporter with The DeWitt County Observer, a weekly newspaper in Clinton. From 2007 to June 2019, Edith covered crime and legal issues for The Pantagraph, a daily newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. She previously worked as a correspondent for The Pantagraph covering courts and local government issues in central Illinois.

Edith joined WGLT as a correspondent in 2019.

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Cynthia Baker walks into court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. | Cynthia Baker was convicted Tuesday of murder in the death of her boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter who died from internal injuries prosecutors attributed to blows Baker inflicted to the girl’s stomach during ongoing and severe abuse.

Cynthia and Rica
Police and Family Photos

Cynthia Baker's fate is now in the hands of a McLean County jury.

Cynthia Baker walks into court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The torment and torture that marked Rica Rountree’s life in the months before death in January were played Friday for a jury considering murder charges against Cynthia Baker, the Normal woman depicted in 30 minutes of video that brought some jurors to tears.

Cynthia Baker
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

In their interviews with authorities, Cynthia Baker’s children described a home where Baker punched, whipped and tortured 8-year-old Rica Rountree, according to testimony Thursday at Baker’s murder trial.

Cynthia Baker walks into court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 4 p.m. | In her last days before her death, Rica Rountree showed signs of fatigue and unexplained injuries, the child’s third grade teacher testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Cindy Baker.

A Bloomington man facing murder charges in the 2017 brutal stabbing of a woman was sentenced to 36 years in prison Friday for possession of pornographic images of a teenage girl.

Curtis Webb
McLean County Jail

A former manager of the city-owned arena, once considered “a rising star,” was sentenced Monday to 24 months conditional discharge for stealing public funds—a punishment less serious than that requested by the state.

Sharjeel Rizvi

Hundreds of probation officers from across Illinois are in Normal this week to learn new methods to help offenders stay in the community and further reduce the state’s incarceration rate.

The McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will expand its focus to include youth at risk for criminal activity and those who have been involved in violence, Judge Mark Fellheimer told the council Friday.

WGLT file photo

For the first time in a decade, Thomas Meece is able to walk outside into the fresh air without a chaperone and plan for his future.

Rica and Ann
Family Photo

The doctor who performed Rica Rountree’s autopsy started by counting the scars on her body.

WGLT file photo

A former prosecutor who handled sex crimes for the McLean County state’s attorney’s office is accused in a lawsuit filed by a former colleague of sexual harassment, assault and battery during her alleged repeated sexual advances.

Alan Beaman with his mother
Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

A former Bloomington man exonerated of murder charges is entitled to a jury trial on his claims that three retired Normal police officers played a significant role in his wrongful conviction, according to arguments by his lawyers Wednesday to the Fourth District Appellate Court.

WGLT file photo

A Bloomington man charged in the 2017 brutal stabbing death of a woman pleaded guilty Friday to child pornography charges involving a minor girl.

Dameca wipes tears away
David Proeber / The Pantagraph

Before Oct. 30, 2018, Dameca Kirkwood was a mother, proud of her one and only son, a young man she considered awesome, who did not live to see his 28th birthday.

Chris Harrison in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph

Jody Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. went to visit 17-year-old Chris Harrison on a Wednesday night.

Brittney Mikesell smiles
David Proeber / The Pantagraph

When Cullen Hedrick and Brittney Mikesell arrived at a south Bloomington trailer park on a Saturday afternoon in early December, they were looking for trouble.