DCFS investigating death of one-month-old South Side girl

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State child welfare officials are investigating the mother of a one-month-old South Side girl who died Monday.

Samira Nichols was found unresponsive by her mother Monday morning at their home in the 5000 block of South Laflin, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:58 a.m., authorities said.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Samira’s mother for allegations of neglect, spokeswoman Veronica Resa said.

DCFS has had prior contact with the family, and there are currently no other children in the woman’s custody, Resa said.

An autopsy Tuesday did not rule on the baby’s cause and manner of death pending further studies.A police source said the girl’s death appeared to be natural.

Area Central detectives are conducting a death investigation.

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