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DCFS investigates death of infant at SW Side home

Updated: February 23, 2013 6:28PM



An autopsy on a 14-month-old boy who died apparently while sleeping with his parents in their bed in the family’s Southwest Side home on Friday will require further studies, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

The boy’s family is under investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services in the wake of his death.

The child, Rogelio Celso, died at 4:27 a.m. on Friday at Holy Cross Hospital after his parents woke up and found him unresponsive in their bed, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The family is being investigated by DCFS to see if the boy was abused or neglected before he died at the family home in the 5700 block of West 64th Place, agency spokesman Dave Clarkin said.

An autopsy on Saturday was inconclusive, pending the results further studies, the medical examiner’s office said.

Clarkin said he could not caution parents enough on the dangers of putting a young child to sleep in an adult bed -- the cause of 44 percent of infant deaths investigated by the agency.

He said parents should follow the “ABCs” of safe sleep: putting a child to sleep alone, on their back, and in a crib.



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