Boy, 2, Found Dead in Chicago Home With Throat Cut; Person of Interest in Custody

A person of interest is in custody after police found a 2-year-old boy fatally stabbed in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers around 2 p.m. Wednesday, KTLA sister station WGN reported.

When officers arrived, the child, identified as Mateo Garcia, was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A white cross with a red heart was posted outside the apartment building where the toddler's body was found in a trash bag on the kitchen floor.

Police said the child suffered severe trauma from lacerations and fatal stab wounds. Police told the Chicago Tribune that the boy was nearly decapitated.

The crime was an isolated domestic incident, according to officials.

Just before police arrived, Rafael Abarego, who said he is a community activist, said he saw what he believed was the child's father.

"He was looking for someone running away from the house," he said.

Police found the person of interest after a traffic stop by the FBI and state police in Kankakee County, Illinois. That person will be brought back to Chicago for questioning.

The child's relatives would not discuss the case with WGN.