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Man held on $250,000 bail in prostitute’s death

Updated: April 4, 2013 11:22PM



A South Side man was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Thursday for allegedly killing a street prostitute by pushing her through his third-floor apartment window.

Daniel Neasom was allegedly doing drugs with Cynthia Barnes when the pair got into a fight at Neasom’s home at 59th and Kedzie in July of 2011, assistant Cook County state’s attorney Michael Rusch said.

Barnes, 39, stabbed Neasom, sending him into a rage as he pushed Barnes head-first through the window, Rusch said.

Witnesses heard Barnes screaming and one person even allegedly saw her as he fell to her death.

When police drove up, Neasom tried to leave from the same window but was ordered back in, Rusch said.

He complied.

But as officers tried to gain entry into the apartment, Neasom allegedly barricaded the door with his refrigerator and jumped out of another window.

Neasom suffered a broken neck, fractured skull and numerous other injuries as a result of the fall, authorities said.

Following his recovery, authorities said Neasom moved to Aberdeen to live with a family member.

Neasom, now 29, has misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor DUI and false impersonation convictions.

When Barnes’ died, Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown wrote several columns about Barnes’ struggles and the people who had grown to love her.

Barnes, a drug addict who supported her habit by turning tricks, had been living on the street most of her life since running away from home.

She had six kids but her parental rights were taken away from her due to her lifestyle, according to Brown’s columns.

“I always told her that if she could get out of the drugs she could be part of their lives, but I didn’t need her to bring them down. It was more or less to protect them,” Barnes’ mother Mary Zavorski told Brown in 2011.



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