CHICAGO — A 37-year-old man was charged Friday in the murder of 11-year-old Jayden Perkins and the stabbing of his pregnant mother. He was released on parole for the second time in five months, one day before the attack.

Investigators said the deadly stabbing happened inside the victims’ home at the Peterson Plaza apartment complex in the 5900 block of North Ravenswood Avenue.

The suspect was identified as Crosetti Brand, a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history. He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, three counts of home invasion with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, aggravated domestic battery, unlawful use of a weapon, violation of an order of protection and a warrant was issued for a parole violation.

A bond proffer filed in Cook County shows the woman was about to leave her apartment to take her two sons to school around 7:45 Wednesday morning. As she went to open the door, the suspect allegedly forced his way inside and began stabbing her.

According to court records, Perkins was trying to protect his mother when he was fatally stabbed in the chest. His 33-year-old mother, who officials confirm is four months pregnant, was also stabbed several times.

The woman was initially transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Officials confirmed Friday she was alert and expected to survive, along with her unborn child. The boy’s younger brother also witnessed the attack, authorities said, but was uninjured physically.

“This is something that should never had happened,” Snelling said as he began the press conference Friday.

Brand was serving a 16-year sentence in a 2015 case for home invasion, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and aggravated domestic battery involving a different victim, Illinois Department of Corrections and court records show.

He was released from Stateville Prison on mandatory supervised release in October 2023, the IDOC confirmed.

“At that time he received a memorandum reminding him of the order of protection regarding victim one,” Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord Rodgers said.

The woman reportedly dated the suspect more than 15 years prior and had an active Order of Protection against him in place. She registered herself in the IDOC system to receive alerts regarding Brand’s release from prison.

According to the court, the suspect allegedly sent the victim a text message threatening her and her family on Jan. 30. He then went to her home on Feb. 1, two days later, ringing the doorbell multiple times and attempting to pull the handle.

Prosecutors said the victim contacted the parole board and Brand was taken back into custody, only to be released on parole weeks later on March 12, one day before the deadly attack.

According to a request for an Emergency Order of Protection filed on Feb. 21, the victim wrote that Brand “sent me several text messages saying he would kill me and my family. He would wait outside my house and shoot me. I have pics.”

A screenshot of the Order of Protection filed by the mother of 11-year-old Jayden Perkins on Jan. 30, 2024.

A judge did not grant the request for the Emergency Order of Protection and instead scheduled a hearing on the matter on March 13, but it was already too late.

Court records paint a history of domestic violence against the victim by Brand, who violated an order of protection involving the woman three times back in 2008, a case he received a three-year sentence for in the IDOC.

During Brand’s sentencing in that case, he was served with an order of protection that listed the victim and her mother as protected parties, prosecutors said.

“When he was served with this order of protection, he ripped it up in front of a judge in open court,” McCord Rodgers said.

Brand also has several other felony and misdemeanor convictions, including a 2009 non-domestic related case involving possession of a stolen motor vehicle, where he was sentenced to four years in the IDOC, and a 2005 battery case, where he served for 10 days in county jail, records show.

“This is someone who should not have been on the street,” Snelling said.

According to the proffer filed in the deadly stabbing, Brand was captured on surveillance video several times, both near the crime scene and on CTA cameras, leaving after his alleged involvement in the attack.

Several other items were recovered with a red blood-like substance on them, including a knife, clothing, and a stolen cellphone belonging to the victim, prosecutors said. Results of forensic testing on those items is pending.

On Friday night, family and friends of the 11-year-old boy killed gathered at the apartment complex where this all happened. They said they are going to miss Jayden immensely.

The child was in sixth grade at Peirce School of International Studies.

Over 70 classmates, teachers and families also came together at the apartment complex Thursday night for a vigil.

The 11-year-old was remembered for his kindness and a memorial has filled up the halls of Peirce — where he was known for uplifting his classmates.

“He sees when people need help or when they are feeling down and he helps them, he comes up to them and says ‘hey, here’s this, here’s that,’ says a joke to try to make them laugh,” friend Mason Hamm said.

Perkins loved to dance and perform. He starred in school productions and was the narrator in last year’s Dr. Seuss play. This year he was scheduled to be Nemo in “Finding Nemo.”

Friends said they’re considering rewriting the script so it honors him.

“It’s not going to be the same without him,” Hamm said. “Jayden, we love you.”

Brand was ordered detained by a judge and is due back in court on April 3. During the hearing, emotions ran high among family members of Perkins as Brand entered the courtroom. Several people were removed.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.