Dixon DCFS Worker Dies From Injuries Suffered in September Attack

Pamela Sue Knight attacked while trying to take toddler into protective custody.

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois child welfare worker died Thursday from injuries suffered when she was severely beaten last year while trying to take protective custody of a child.

Pamela Sue Knight died at a Chicago hospital, according to Neil Skene, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The suspect, Andrew Sucher, 25, is accused of kicking Knight in the head so severely that he fractured her skull in September. The attack caused permanent brain damage and extensive physical disabilities.

Knight was attacked when she went to Sucher's parents' home in Milledgeville to take a 2-year-old boy into protective custody.

Knight, of Dixon, was still in intensive care at the time of her death. An autopsy will be conducted Friday.

Sucher, of Rock Falls, was indicted Dec. 7 on charges of attempted first-degree murder. He is being held at the Stephenson County Jail.


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