DCFS investigating death of Far South Side toddler

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State child welfare officials are investigating the Wednesday morning death of a 2-year-old boy in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Shortly after 9 a.m., officers found the boy unresponsive in his home in the 200 block of West 112th Street, according to Chicago Police.

He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10 a.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Thursday did not rule on his cause and manner of death, with results pending further investigation.

DCFS is investigating the boy’s father and mother for allegations of abuse and neglect, spokesman Andrew Flach said. The agency has not had prior contact with the father, but had a previous “unfounded investigation” involving the mother.

The mother’s 11-month-old son by a different father has been taken into protective custody, Flach said.

No one has been charged as Area South detectives conduct a death investigation. 

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