Mom dead, baby left at church, and police search for dad

A missing boy whose mother was found dead on Thursday has been found at a church, but police are still looking for the baby's father.

About 10:24 a.m. Thursday, officers called for a well-being check by a family member at an apartment in the 8200 block of Keating Avenue found 31-year-old Catherine M. Benyamin murdered.

Benyamin’s 10-month-old son, Joshua Powell, was missing. He was dropped off at a church near Roosevelt and Halsted in Chicago later in the day.

Police are looking for his father, Jermaine Powell. They are not calling him a suspect at this time. They say the person who dropped off Joshua did bear a resemblance to Jermaine Powell.

The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force is assisting Skokie police in the investigation. Police believe the death was an isolated event.

Anyone with information that might be helpful is asked to call police at (847) 982-5900

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