DCFS investigating death of South Side infant

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State child welfare authorities are investigating allegations of neglect against the mother of a 2-month-old girl who died Saturday morning in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Leona Williams was found unresponsive about 3:45 a.m. in the 5600 block of South Lafayette, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Williams, of the 5600 block of South Princeton, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:47 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy on Sunday was inconclusive pending further studies.

The state Department of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of neglect against Leona’s mother, agency spokeswoman Veronica Resa said.

Resa said the agency has had prior contact with the family, but could not immediately say whether Leona’s 10-year-old brother was removed from the home.

Area South detectives are conducting a death investigation.

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