Man in Fatal DUI Called Someone to Drive Child Home

Conner blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011  |  Updated 8:23 AM CDT
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Cecil Conner, 22, has been charged with reckless homicide and driving under the influence for his role in a crash that killed a 5-year-old boy in Steger Monday morning.

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A Steger man facing DUI charges in a fatal accident that killed his girlfriend's young son tried to call someone to take the boy home, his lawyer says.

Cecil R. Conner Jr. is on trial this week for the May 10 accident that killed 5-year-old Michael Langford.

His defense lawyer, Jeffrey Tomczak, argued in court Monday that phone records proved his 22-year-old client attempted to reach out to someone to replace him behind the wheel, the Herald News reports.

A Chicago Heights police officer arrested Kathie LaFond, Michael's mother, for driving on a suspended license. The officer gave the car keys to Conner with Michael strapped in the backseat.

Police say the officer didn't see any signs that Conner was intoxicated.

Conner later slammed the car into a tree. His blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at .208.

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