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McGuire seeks answers from DCFS in death of Joliet child

mcguire 030717 1714SPRINGFIELD — In the wake of the tragic death of a 16-month-old girl 33 hours after a state inspection found no reason to remove her from her home, State Senator Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, asked the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services what is being done to investigate the death.

Semaj Crosby was found dead April 25 under a couch in a home in unincorporated Joliet Township. She had been reported missing just hours after the state inspector’s visit, triggering a search by scores of first responders and volunteers.

In responding to McGuire's questions, DCFS Director George Sheldon said the department will work quickly to investigate the case and release a quality assurance report detailing where and how the department might have erred. He also pledged transparency to the public in the matter.

“Today’s hearing begins the process of getting answers to our community’s questions,” McGuire said. “Investigation. Cooperation. Prevention. Protection. We must keep every child safe.”

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