Man who attacked Oak Park mother, infant gets 32 years


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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Convicted for the attempted murder of an Oak Park woman and her 6-week-old infant, Anthony Murdix of Aurora was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in prison for the crime.

The attacks occurred on July 21, 2008, when a masked Murdix broke into the victim's home as she prepared to take the baby to the doctor. Her 12-year-old nephew, who was also present, witnessed Murdix begin to attack the woman with a baseball bat. He rushed outside and flagged down a police officer.

Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said the department received a call at 10:20 a.m. about an attack on an adult woman and her infant child at a residence located on the 600 block of Madison Street.

Police interrupted the attack when they responded to the call, and the suspect fled the scene. He was tracked down and arrested a short time later. Murdix is the father of the infant.

Reynolds confirmed that Murdix admitted around the time of the crime that the attack was an effort to stop the victim from hassling him about child support payments.

The 39-year-old woman suffered deep cuts, broken bones and a brain injury from the attack. The baby suffered a fractured skull and brain injury. Reynolds did not know if the victims will suffer long-term side effects from the injuries.

Murdix was convicted of nine felonies, including two counts of attempted first degree murder, six counts of home invasion and one count of aggravated battery of a child.

"The police department is satisfied with the verdict, and we believe in this case justice has been served," said Deputy Police Chief Anthony Ambrose. "We're happy with the efforts of the officers. They did a thorough investigation, which ultimately helped convict Murdix."

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Violet Aura  

Posted: March 15th, 2011 6:37 PM

@Happy: LOL- Oh you poor thing! You are quite a vowel and some apostrophes, my dear..."Dirtbag?" Why? I ASSume that you are still pissed that I expect that perps on the loose should be FULLY described...Silly me! No, it's more PC to describe gun handles, car colors, clothing colors, everything under the effing sun except the full description of someone on the loose! In this story, even before the pic the guy had been arrested. I don't care to see him or her when they're caught.

happy violt aura didnt comment on this  

Posted: March 15th, 2011 5:43 PM

im shocked that violet aura dirtbag didn't post on this

Anne from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 10:21 PM

I appreciate the input here although I had found that info earlier from other websites after I left my last message this afternoon. It's a shame that they couldn't come up with more of a punishment than this. This guy is a loose cannon -- if he gets out, the next time he might beat somebody because he got mad that they got in line before him in a store. THE GUY IS DANGEROUS!

Chris from OP  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 10:06 PM

Regarding the criticism of Gov. Quinn, yes, there will be instances in which someone seems deserving of the death penalty who will only serve time instead. But I believe the point of the new law is that is a safer risk than killing a person wrongfully convicted, a situation which has been proven to be all too common.

OP Resident  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 9:42 PM

The attack by Murdix was not a random act. Murdix was the baby's father. The evidence suggests that he was upset over the notion of having to pay child support. He went to the apartment with a gun, bat, mask and a can of spray paint. He attacked his own baby and its mother.


Posted: March 10th, 2011 8:03 PM

no muriel. your not in this alone! Harbour said Murdix told police that he did what he did because the woman was hassling him about providing child support. Police say Murdix, who reportedly worked as a shipping and receiving supervisor, was unemployed at the time of the alleged attacks. He is scheduled to appear before a judge for a preliminary hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse on Friday morning.~ For updates on this story, see the July 30,2008 print edition of Wednesday Journal

Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 8:01 PM$1_million_bond_for_OP_home_invasion

muriel schnierow from River Forest  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 7:01 PM

I sent a report to Gov Quinn urging a Task Force on violent crime,proper sentencing, and proper release. i have not received an answer. This man should have had life without parole. He is quite likely a psychopath. The baby had a skull fracture? they are satisfied? Who would beat a baby with a bat? Who would beat anyone with a bat? there is actually a test that is a predictor of violence. Am i in this alone?

Anne from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 6:46 PM

It's a terrible crime, no matter what, but if he really was a total stranger and this was a random attack, then he should never, ever, ever be released into society again.

Anne from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 6:44 PM

Are we really to believe that a total stranger passing by just for no reason at all broke into someone's house and beat her to death with a baseball bat? I would like to know more about this story, did she know this guy or was he stalking her or what?

Deborah from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 6:21 PM

I am interested in knowing how severe the brain damage was to the mother and to the infant. Also, was their any prior relationship of the mother with the attacker?


Posted: March 10th, 2011 6:13 PM

i'm sorry the last paragraph states the police dept was satisfied with the verdict if our system has doing half time for good behavior. potentially easily being 16 yrs. curious of the motive too.

thanks gov quinn!  

Posted: March 10th, 2011 6:09 PM

this dirtbag will probably be out in 12 years for good behavior. And thanks to Gov Quinn, murderers, rapists and other degenerates will stay alive when I'd be glad to flick the switch on some of these losers.

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