16-month-old girl found dead inside home 30 hours after she went missing


A 16-month-old has been found dead inside a home just 30 hours after vanishing from her suburban Chicago yard.

Toddler Semaj Crosby’s mother, Sheri Gordon, reported her missing on Tuesday at about 6.30pm — only a few hours after being visited by the Department of Child and Family Services.

At the time, Gordon told authorities that her daughter had wandered away from the yard where she had been playing with her cousins, prompting an extensive search of the area that involved more than 100 cops, multiple bloodhounds, divers and volunteer searchers, NBC 5 reported.

The body of 16-month-old Semaj Crosby was found by investigators 30 hours after her mother, Sheri Gordon, reported her missing from their Joliet Township, Illinois yard 

Thirty hours after her disappearance, Crosby’s body was found by police in a house at the center of what had been the search area in Joliet Township, Illinois.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office stated that Gordon’s attorney — who she’d hired during the day — helped authorities obtain consent to search the house at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, an hour before Crosby’s body was found inside.

According to WGNTV, Crosby was found in the same home that she lived in with Gordon.

On the day she was reported missing, NBC 5 said that Gordon and family members were seen going in and out of the house.

Sheri Gordon said her daughter was in the yard playing with cousins when she wandered away, just three hours after they were visited by the Department of Child and Family Services

Crosby was reportedly found inside her own home about 30 hours after she went missing   Crosby was reportedly found inside her own home about 30 hours after she went missing

Investigators found Crosby's body in the house that she reportedly lived in, after gaining permission to search it from the attorney who Gordon had hired that day

The Department of Child and Family Services said Wednesday that Gordon was being investigated on an allegation of neglect.

‘We have had prior contact with this family including four unfounded investigations for neglect and two prior pending investigation[s] for neglect opened in March 2017,’ DCFS spokesperson Veronica Resa said in a statement, according to CBS Chicago.

‘DCFS had been at the home on April 25 at approximately 3:20 p.m. and had seen all three of the mother’s children including Semaj. There were no obvious hazards or safety concerns at that time.’

Resa also stated that the DCFS had been working with Gordon and her children since September 2016.

Crosby’s autopsy is scheduled for today, to determine the cause of her death.

One Reply to “16-month-old girl found dead inside home 30 hours after she went missing”

  1. John says:

    Seems like some people just have a problem with learning and or teaching. I come from the state where they make guns seen them in been around them all my life as well as all my friends that I came up with and we never had these kind of incidents and accidents. Because the adults around us taught us about guns early the dangers of a gun as well as how to use one. What kind of guns were around well most of our fathers had come back from World War II and a lot of them had their military weapons in the closets. You never heard about your friend family members getting shot with the rifle that was in the closet. Older kids were showing how to use it or we were told what it was and to stay away from the thing because it was dangerous.

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