By Megan Dooley
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."