Funeral will be Friday for Illinois girl who was found dead

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Visitation and a funeral are planned Friday for a 1½-year-old girl who was found dead in a northern Illinois home after going missing. The Chicago Tribune reports that the family of Semaj Crosby made arrangements with Minor-Morris Funeral Home owner and Joliet City Council member Terry Morris. The visitation will be 9 a.m. Friday followed by a service at 11 a.m. at Prayer Tower Ministries in Joliet. The girl will be buried at Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet. Morris says the cemetery is donating a gravesite to the family. The girl’s body was found Thursday in a home under what police called “deplorable” conditions and frequented by “squatters.” Authorities have called the toddler’s death “suspicious.” The girl’s mother reported her missing Tuesday. An autopsy found a cause of death is “pending further studies.”