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DCFS investigating parents after 7-month old baby dies in Barrington

The parents of a 7-month-old girl found dead in a northwest suburban home this week are being investigated by child-welfare officials over allegations of neglect, according to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Rescue crews responded to a call of a deceased individual at 12:07 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of South Hager Avenue in Barrington, a statement from Barrington Police said.

The 7-month-old girlwas pronounced dead at the home at 12:19 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Both parents are under investigation , DCFS spokeswoman Veronica Resa said Thursday.

DCFS had not had previous contact with the parents but did receive an “unfounded” neglect report from April 2013 and an indicated abuse report from 2002 for other children in the home, Resa said.

Resa said the twin sister of the baby who died was being cared for under the DCFS Monitored Safety Plan. She could not share further details about the twin or her whereabouts.

An autopsy Thursday was inconclusive, pending toxicology and medical test results, according to police. Those results should take six to eight weeks.

Barrington police and the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team were investigating, but no further information was provided.



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