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Chicago-area man gets life term for slaying son, 3

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CHICAGO -- A suburban Chicago man has been ordered to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing his 3-year-old son to death and sexually assaulting the child's mother in a 2011 attack at her home.

The Chicago Sun-Times ( reports Gregory Sandifer of Homewood also was sentenced Friday to an additional 25 years in prison. He was convicted in June.

The attack took place at his girlfriend's apartment on the West Side of Chicago.

According to prosecutors, the couple was arguing when Sandifer sexually assaulted the woman at knife point. Authorities say he stabbed her four times and pushed her out of a window. She survived and was able to flag down a passing policeman.

But Sandifer fatally stabbed their son before the officer could enter the apartment.

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