After 41 DCF Visits, Toddler is Found Dead Under Couch in Filthy, Roach-Infested Home
On Thursday, Illinois officials said they will pay $6.5 million to the estate of a 17-month-old girl who died in 2017 after a Department of Children & Family Services contractor a-llegedly failed to report substandard conditions at her home a day before her death.
Sema’j Crosby was found dead under a couch in her family’s Preston Heights home on April 26, 2017. A lawsuit stated that two days earlier, a Children’s Home and Aid caseworker visited the home and observed bedbugs, roaches, and vermin, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A DCFS intern caseworkervisited the home a day after that meeting. Crosby was reported missing hours later.
The Sun-Times reported that Crosby was found dead under a couch at the home the next day. Her death was ruled a hom*cide by smo-thering, though nobody has been arrested in connection with her death.
According to WLS, evidence was destroyed when Crosby’s house was lit on fire days after her death.
Children’s Home and Aid is contracted by DCFS. The agency visited the home 41 times in the eight months leading up to Crosby’s death, WGN reported.
The lawsuit, filed in April 2019, a-lleged that DCFS failed to report deplorable and dan-gerous conditions at the home, conduct background checks on residents, and investigate multiple neglect and ab*se a-llegations.
WFLD reported that the multimillion-dollar payout will go to Crosby’s four siblings and her father, who was ja-iled at the time of the toddler’s death.