A baby girl was found dead on Wednesday afternoon in Chicago’s West Side Lawndale meighborhood. There have been conflicting reports as to the exact age of the baby, but some reports have said she was under a year old.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the baby was discovered after a neighbor had followed the baby’s older sister back into the apartment. According to Police, the older sister, who is 6 years old, had knocked on her neighbor’s door, looking for food. When the girl and her neighbor walked back to the kid’s apartment around 3:30 PM, that is when the neighbor discovered the child in her car seat wearing a snowsuit.
There was a third child, 2 years of age, that was also discovered in the apartment. The Examiner quoted an NBC update, which read that there was no food found in the home and there appeared to be no heat when the children were found. The Chicago Tribune continued on to say that police are conducting a death investigation and no one is in custody at this time.
One neighbor, Tierra Stamps, stated that she had no idea what the living situation was for the three kids. “I just saw them bringing the baby out. It was shocking,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Local affiliate ABC 7 reported that all three girls were transported to Mt. Sinai hospital to be looked over. The 6-year-old and the 2-year-old are said to be in good condition, though the baby girl was tragically pronounced dead. The cause of death is still unclear, and there have been mixed reports stating that the baby may not have frozen to death, but that the death was “domestic.”
With Chicago’s bitterly cold weather, officials are urging people to be careful and take extra precautions to make sure they and their loved ones stay warm and safe. With temperatures expecting to dip into the single digits, with wind chills well below zero, individuals will need to limit their time outside, and the amount of skin actually exposed to the bitter temperatures.
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