Trial begins for Rockford murder case of 2-year-old found dismembered

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A man who allegedly murdered and dismembered a 2-year-old Rockford boy went on trial Tuesday.

Kamel Harris is accused of murdering Kyrian Knox in August 2015, and dumping his body in the Garfield Park Lagoon in Chicago. 

Jury selection was completed Monday. Tanisha Knox, the mother of Kyrian, testified on Tuesday. 

Knox spent more than two hours on the witness stand, breaking down after Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano asked her if she had heard about the reports of her son’s body parts found in the lagoon. 

Prosecutors claimed Harris lost control after giving the lactose intolerant boy milk. The boy cried for hours. 

The trial is set to resume Wednesday. 

Harris faces felony counts of first degree murder, concealment of homicidal death and dismembering a human body.

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