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Infant dies days after being hit by falling TV on Near West Side

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A 1-year-old girl died four days after she was hit by a falling television set on the Near West Side.

Amilie Medina was struck by the falling TV about 11:15 a.m. Sept. 8 at her home in the 1200 block of West Van Buren, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The TV was on a shelf, which was mounted on a wall. The shelf fell off the wall, and the TV fell on the girl.

The infant was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:13 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

An autopsy found the girl died from head injuries caused by a falling television and her death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The state Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the girl’s father for an allegation of neglect, spokeswoman Alissandra Calderon said. The investigation is pending.

The agency has not had prior contact with the family, and there are no other children in the home, Calderon said.