POLICE: Batavia Woman Charged After Fatal Apartment Stabbing

The following arrest information was supplied by the Batavia Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A 24-year-old Batavia woman received murder charges on Monday following an incident on the city’s east side, police said.

Latoya M. Baines, of the 1200 block of East Wilson Street, stabbed a 25-year-old man at , 1259 E. Wilson St., according to a police report. Officers were dispatched to the scene at 1:08 a.m. Monday.

The man was transported to Delnor Community Hospital by medics from the . He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The stabbing occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between Baines and the man, a press release said. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

When officers arrived to Batavia Apartments, they found the man in the stairwell to the 1171 E. Wilson St. building of the campus. The man was unresponsive and bleeding profusely due to an apparent stab wound, the release said.

Two females were located struggling with each other at the bottom of the stairwell. After the females were separated and taken into temporary custody, responding officers located three knives lying in the hallway where the females were struggling.

Officers found out through their field investigation about the domestic dispute between the man and one of the females. This female would later be identified as Latoya Baines, the release said.

Female Suspect Jailed

Baines was taken into custody and transported to the for processing.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges:

  • One count of First Degree Murder—Intend Death or Great Bodily Harm
  • One count of First Degree Murder—Probability of Death

The charges are Class M felonies.

Baines is currently being held for bond court in the Kane County Jail. Bond will be set by the presiding judge this Tuesday morning.

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Amber Stewart Meeks May 02, 2012 at 06:36 AM
It astonishes me the cold heartedness of the people who feel as though they are entitled to bash whether or not you stand for or against the complex there is a family in mourning there are children hurting due to the loss of parents who have access to read what you are attemting to define them as is it truly your goal to tear down the opporunity of these children to grow into success does it truly sit well with your soul to sour their hearts against those in their community bc you are to ignorant or afraid to open your mind and view the reality that a hand full of people are causing these problems just as in any other community in any other city state or country how dare you stand as adults and hinder the growth and disrespect those attempting to speak peace and reason into your closed mind if you do not sow seed of love and knowledge how can you expect to reap such a harvest. No you have a responsibility in you community that if you want to see change to help make it happen be informed of what you are complaining about before you condemn I pray for wisdom in your moment of weakness.
Niyoka Blackshire May 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM
To all you Batavians this was an domestic dispute that got out of hand because of an insecure and jealous woman. To all that has spoken negatively, and stereotyped the situation need to sit back and realize that domestic violence happens everywhere in the world it comes all colors/shades. The man stabbed was my cousin and he was an hard working caring man who cared and loved his children and family dearly. Stop it with all the negative stereotyping all people of color are evil, bad, ignorant, disrespectful, or anal as some of you Batavians are acting......R.I.P Jeffrey you have no more worries....Love you!
Niyoka Blackshire May 02, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Correction to my typo:(stop with all the negative stereotyping all people of color are NOT evil, bad, ignorant, disrespectful or anal as some of you Batavians are being about this situation. This is a case of domestic voilence that can happen anywhere to anyone. R.I.P Gerald Jeffrey Jackson will truly be missed.
Relentless1 May 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
First of all I want to send my condolences to his family. I believe the subject has gotten away from the true value of the issue, which is how it happened and the kids. No one other then the victims involved really knew what happened in their private lives. I know them both and neither were criminal minded individuals. I saw them both a week before this incident and they both appeared to be happy. Although the two of them were experiencing financial burden, they both took on the challenge of overcoming that burden. The decease was a very upstanding young man that I grew to admire. They both were very caring young people that needed guidance. There was a tremendous lost on ends, the children, kids, and family both lost someone special. We as parents do the best we can for our children.. Because of some outside influences a child my do things that is not approved through the eyes of that parent, they didn’t teach the child that, but because one child wasn’t taught another child seized the negative opportunity. This happens every day. Kids don’t always turn out the way we want them to, but as long as we live on this earth we as sound minded people must continue to help these young adults, if we don’t change the way we think this dark cloud these families are feeling will eventually make it into your home.
Lisa May 02, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Niyoka, Jeff was a great man. I had spoken to him just an hour before this took place. He was there for me and my boyfriend in our time of need just last week. I will forever be greatful to him. Can you please let me know of any arrangements for him. I want to pay my respects to my friend. RIP my dear friend Jeff
missingyou May 02, 2012 at 05:27 PM
She wasnt a bad woman at all. The situation just got way out of hand and I wished she could of turned her back and cooled down for a little bit. I'm sad to see that his life was lost over a heated moment......
iluvmygirls May 02, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I am also from batavia apartments and for people to take such a sad thing and turn it into something negative about the people who live there is a sick sad thing to do. Crime happens every where, maybe even in ur home. But because someone lives in a subsidized unit they r more likely to commit a crime get real people. What about teachers pastors that r touching these kids, do we have a uproar of mad people saying its the town they live in or say well everyone in the apartment community r all the same. I work everyday just like everyone else. So black white mexican blue green everyone is the same.
Lois Lane May 02, 2012 at 10:42 PM
My goodness, perhaps you should all meet at the Community Center and hash out these differences. I would suggest having a monitor on hand and security guards! I lived in Batavia for 20 years and raised my 2 daughters there. I loved what a diverse community it was and not another Naperville. My daughters grew up to appreciate that everyone is different and that's ok.
can't say May 03, 2012 at 01:50 AM
i am white i live at batavia apts due to lost work and need place to live apts have more black than any race this needs to be changed i will tell you all the blacks think the place belongs to them they have taken over and that is wrong more whites can use a place to live. the blacks drink alot do alot of drugs are loud people with no respect for there nieghbors thier childern have dirty mouths and damage property the apts set up alot of programs for the kids but the kids just take and take like the parents the blacks act like we all owe them still they do not participate nor help to keep the batavia apartments a place to be proud of. in the summer they drink outside do wild parties get into fights all the time blacks are the childern are up i-2 in the morning crying and are ignored no day time scedule as they sleep half the day and up partying to morning hours usually by the time police get to the apartments the blacks have run and do not get caught the place needs security guards day and night especially night to be there all night this is what has to be done and the apartments must be forced to pay for security not just the batavia apartments driving threw once in awhile it does not help enough for all the problems at this location
Mike May 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I'm black and a male and I work everyday, my kids are well mannered and we bother no one so before you start stereotyping people, maybe you should look at yourself, the actual problem is the age group of who's getting these apartments no the race, actually I'm looking off my balcony right now and it's peaceful....,,,
Batavia May 03, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Can't say- you are my hero!
Ari May 03, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Violence is wrong on all accounts as well as killing somebody. I knew Jeffrey from grammar school and i hate that the fact that this woman took his life. I just talked to him on 04-25-2012 and just like that he's gone. his kids have no father, his parents and siblings have lost a son and a brother and for what. I give my condolences to his family. If any of Jeffrey's family members read this could you please email me at robinsonari66@gmail.com so that I could attent the funeral. Please I would really like to pay my respects to him.
can't say May 03, 2012 at 07:57 PM
mike i hear you you work and your childern are well behaved, so why can't the apartments get more people like you. i also work my childern are well behaved, you are black but i am white and i do feel that the majority are black, i am not welcomed here as the blacks all stick togather and i would really like some friends around here my race. that does not make me bad to want that. it is just i have spoke to some black women here who are lazy tough and have childern and do not know who the fathesr are. yet they expect welfare to care for them. some of them talk like truck drivers dirty mouths, they are just looking for another boyfriend to live with them. this unbringing around childern is unhealthy. this baines person had to be tough like that to do what she did. i don't want to have to be or see people like that where i live. and there are alot of whites needing an apt. i sure hope it gets evened out around here in race. i lived here awhile and alot of your race signed up for housing from chicago and aurora, so i guess it is the whites fault that they did not sign-up so whites sign-up if list is open. i suppose if there are any white trash or black trash in hopes the batavia apartments will get real strict, and get decent people in here. we need to feel proud of batavia apartments. and right now i am not proud of where i live,guess i will have to find a way out of here may God bless me to do so.
can't say May 03, 2012 at 08:20 PM
batavia, thanks tell the major tell the police dept driving threw here once in awhile accomplishes nothing but a waste of gas, tell the major to force managment and owner of batavia apartments hire all night security guards, people her need emmediate help to late when police are called damage is already done, like a prison i guess got guards walking the halls and grounds but that will get people around here thinking and the bad one's will leave cause they can't cause trouble. and or if the major can shut down this place if it don't improve by 200 percent in the next year flaten this place i don't care really. can't continue to have a bad area with bad people allowed to roam batavia town, cause batavia is a beautiful town and dirt is not allowed to bring it down the dirt must go. got to be carful they move in and do take over adventually like aurora if you know what i mean.
Deborah Hall May 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM
My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who have lost their loved ones. I have lived at Batavia Apartments almost seventeen years and have raised a family here. Since I have lived here, there have been two murders. The property was previously owned by Cooper Brother's who sold it to Franciscan Ministries over ten years ago. The buildings are subsidized by HUD, but everyone does not receive Section 8 housing assistance. Assistance is offered to those below poverty levels. This is a family based community and most of the residents are families with young children, the elderly, handicapped or disabled. The staff and property management have offered counseling to those who were affected by this tragedy. Thank you Mr. Melman for saying, "Murders are frankly very rare around here and it's a devastating shock to the system when they tragically happen." When I look off my balcony, I see the maintenance and staff hard at work. I see teens playing basketball out on the courts, young children running and playing, people walking and riding bicycles, mother's carrying their babies to there friends and other people following behind with dishes of food for family or friends. I see hard working men coming home from a long days work and women picking up their children from school. I see stay at home mom's voluteering in the community gardening, staffing the resident food pantry, tutoring people in the resource center, and helping organize other events.
Deborah Hall May 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Fransican Ministries works tirelessly to fulfill its mission. After school programs are provided for single parents, summer camp is provided for children of working parents, community activities include BBQ's, holiday events, and a community garden (which residents maintain). Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) has an office on the property for residents who are homebound, PACE bus takes seniors shopping and to doctors appointments, the resident services coordinator visit families annually to determine their needs and refer them to agencies that can help. A monthly newsletter is disseminated to all residents, and like local schools, provide pillars of character, wisdom and religious quotes, crossword puzzles, recipe ideas, and community activities and events in the Batavia area. Art, christian camp, books, computers access and training, field trips, toys, clothing, school supplies, job fairs, resume writing workshops, and more are offered to residents free of charge. These are old building and are constantly being maintained. We have been brought up to date with recent electrical codes and fire standards. Emergency services do respond frequently around here but more often than not, it is because one of our residents has a medical emergency. Demographic data is diverse and I like to think of Batavia Apartments similar to Fermi-Lab Research facility, an international and culturally rich environment representative of America as a whole.
Deborah Hall May 05, 2012 at 04:24 PM
No doubt, fear plays a large part in perception. Many residents have transitioned through the apartments in the last seventeen years. Overall, I have seen a dramatic improvement in the facility and believe the majority of the people who live here are peace loving, caring, human beings, who just want to have a good future and a safe place to raise a family or retire. Times are tough for everyone. Words can either help or hurt. Please thoughtfully consider the impact you want to have on your community. Love trumps hatred!
Monique Mailliawwilliam Arnold May 08, 2012 at 01:32 AM
People need to comprehend what you are talking about Scott. If it don't apply let it fly. I have much to say because this pertains to my Family who lost GJ. The Girl was coo coo to begin with and when the first incident happen they should of kicked her ASS out. Enough said.
Monique Mailliawwilliam Arnold May 08, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Monique Mailliawwilliam Arnold May 08, 2012 at 01:41 AM
we know goofy's when we see them..
Monique Mailliawwilliam Arnold May 08, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Monique Mailliawwilliam Arnold May 08, 2012 at 01:46 AM
cece May 16, 2012 at 08:36 AM
To those of you who think you're sooo much better than the people living in that apartment complex, go find a splintered pole, shove it up your ass, and rotate!!!! You don't know those people's stories, or what they do, they are just like you, children of GOD. Most are strugglingto survive and build better lives for themselves and their families. Not ALL are low income. And no, the majority ARE NOT BLACK, there is a mix of all races. How dare you racist, close minded, ignorant asses be disrespectful about a oss of life!!! Why don't you shut your mouths and open your hearts!!!!!!! To those of you that suffered the loss, my prayers go out to you.
Judy Zin May 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I worked in Batavia in a hair salon and being a minority I realized how judgmental and ignorant people can be. Batavia is that kind of town, right Marsha White?
Judy Zin May 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Working in batavia I realized how closed minded, bitter, racist, and evil people are. The're are people who believe in wearing their white triangle hat. Isn't that right Marsha white?
Judy Zin May 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM
My prayers go out to the family of GJ who I knew because they lived in my building and Baines kids who are the most adorable kids ever God bless them. Only God above has the right to judge, he is almighty powerful he knows everything, he is just! He will come and judge all us!
NONEYAA August 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
lala September 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Rip my love u will truly be missed!!!!!!


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