Child's Body Found In SUV On Chicago's South Side; Police Investigating Possible Tie To Jennifer Hudson Case

The body of a child has been found on Chicago’s South Side and police are investigating if it is Julian King — the missing son of Julia Hudson and nephew of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office sent investigators to the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue, where the body of the child was found around 8 AM local time on Monday, the Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed to Chicago’s WMAQ.

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Police have not confirmed if the body found is related to the search for the nephew of Jennifer Hudson.

As previously reported on Access, Julian King was discovered missing on Friday afternoon as news broke that Jennifer’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason, had been shot and killed. The FBI was called in to assist in the search, according to reports.


An Amber Alert was issued on Friday, for the boy. At the time, authorities believed Julian might have been with his stepfather, William Balfour, who police were also seeking at the time. Balfour was apprehended by authorities late Friday night, but the boy was not found with him.

Over the weekend, Balfour was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections on Sunday due to parole violations, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Balfour has reportedly been on parole since 2006, after serving almost seven years in jail for convictions on attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and receiving stolen property. Balfour’s transfer is reportedly unrelated to the murders or kidnapping investigation, and no charges have been filed against him.

The Sun-Times reported that Balfour was believed to be near the Hudson residence on the South Side of Chicago, where he reportedly once resided as well, at about 9 AM on Friday – when the neighbors reported hearing gunfire.

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