Deirdre Silas Death: DCFS investigator, Deidre Silas fatally stabbed while responding to a report of children in danger

Deirdre Silas Death – Cause of Death: DCFS investigator, Deidre Silas fatally stabbed while responding to a report of children in danger in the town of Thayer on Tuesday.

36-year-old Deirdre Silas, an Investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was fatally stabbed at approximately 4 p.m. when she was checking on children in a home in Thayer, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to authorities, a suspect identified as 32-year-old Benjamin Reed has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

“We are heartbroken at the loss of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator and AFSCME member Deidre Silas of Springfield, murdered Tuesday while responding to a report of children in danger,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director, Roberta Lynch said in a statement.

“The perpetrator of this unspeakable crime must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“Deidre dedicated her career to helping young people. Prior to joining DCFS in August 2021 she worked in behavioral health and for more than seven years with the Department of Juvenile Justice where she was a union steward.”

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