DCFS investigating neglect in South Side infant’s death

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State child welfare investigators are investigating a South Side mother for neglect in the death of her 1-month-old daughter early Friday in Back of the Yards.

Emergency crews responded to a call of an unresponsive infant about 4:30 a.m. at her home in the 5100 block of South Paulina, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Raniya Boswell was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where she died at 5:55 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy Saturday was inconclusive pending further studies.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Raniya’s mother for allegations of neglect, agency spokeswoman Veronica Resa said. DCFS has had contact with the family before, but it wasn’t immediately clear which family members were investigated or if neglect was indicated. No other children were removed from the home, Resa said.

Area South detectives are conducting a death investigation.

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