CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Bloomingdale man has been charged with murder in the death of his 43-year-old physically and mentally handicapped nephew.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Sunday that bond was set at $2 million for 50-year-old Dominick Taylor in the death of Damian B. Scott. Taylor has been charged with two counts of first degree murder.
On April 26, Taylor’s wife discovered Damien’s lifeless body in his bedroom of the home they all shared. She immediately called the Bloomingdale Police Department who initiated an investigation.
Investigators said it is alleged that in the early morning hours that day, Taylor, who was Damien’s full-time caretaker for more than a decade, strangled Damien to death in his bedroom. It is further alleged that after killing Damien, who was blind and unable to walk, Taylor, without permission, withdrew cash from his wife’s bank account, turned off his cell phone and purchased a one-way Amtrak train ticket from Chicago to East Lansing, Michigan without notifying his wife or family, where he fled.
Damien was brought to Glen Oaks Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 3:17 p.m. According to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, following a post-mortem examination performed by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office, a deep tissue hemorrhage around the victim’s hyoid bone was identified which is consistent with manual strangulation. The exam also identified a healed fracture around the thyroid cartilage determined to be evidence of a prior strangulation.
On April 28, Taylor was taken into custody on a local warrant in Michigan. He refused extradition from Michigan and a Governor's warrant was approved. Taylor was brought to DuPage County on Saturday morning.
“Domestic violence comes in many forms,” Berlin said. “What I find particularly disturbing in this case however, is the fact that as Damien’s caretaker, Mr. Taylor was responsible for the safety and wellbeing of Damien. His mission was to protect Damien’s life, not take it, as alleged in this case. I would like to thank DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen and his office for their outstanding efforts in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Roupas for his efforts in securing charges against this defendant.”