DCFS investigating babysitter after baby’s drowning death

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(CICERO) State child welfare officials are investigating a babysitter after a 5-month-old Chicago girl accidentally drowned Monday in west suburban Cicero.

The incident involving Alexendra E. Martinez happened in the 6100 block of West 19th Street in Cicero, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Martinez, of the 1500 block of North Long, was pronounced at the scene at 3:07 p.m. Monday, the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy Tuesday found she died of asphyxiation and drowning, and ruled her death an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of neglect against her babysitter, spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said. Two other children in the family are currently in the care of relatives.

Cicero officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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