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Transient accused in death of woman who had taken him in

Updated: March 28, 2014 4:10PM

A 21-year-old transient was ordered held without bond Friday for allegedly fatally beating the woman who gave him shelter in her Grand Boulevard apartment.

Dorothy McGee, 58, suffered a heart attack after Joshua Brooks straddled and punched her multiple times Tuesday in the 400 block of East 46th Street, Cook County prosecutors said.

Minutes before that attack, McGee and Brooks had argued after McGee asked Brooks and her teenage foster child to help her bring a washer-dryer machine into her apartment, Assistant State’s Attorney Pierina Infelise said.

McGee tried to leave the apartment so she could ask a neighbor to help calm Brooks down. But Brooks slammed the door shut, knocked McGee to the ground and attacked her, Infelise said.

McGee eventually escaped. She returned with her neighbor and asked Brooks to leave. But as Brooks packed, McGee started foaming at the mouth and lost consciousness. She later died and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s officer determined she died from a stress-related heart attack attributable to the blows Brooks delivered, Infelise said.

Brooks has a previous battery case in which McGee was the victim, said prosecutors, who did not say how long Brooks had been allowed to stay in McGee’s apartment.


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