DCFS releases report that examined dead toddler’s case file

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has released a report reviewing the agency’s actions leading up to the death of a 1-year-old. The report released Friday details who was living in a Joliet Township house at the time Semaj Crosby was found dead April 26. The girl’s body was found under a couch after she was initially reported missing. The report states Semaj’s family’s case came to the attention of DCFS in September of 2016. The case files involved Crosby, her mother Sheri Gordon, father James Crosby, aunt Lakerisha Crosby and three siblings. The report says that while allegations of inadequate supervision and drug use in the home were unfounded, an intact family case was opened. The action was taken to provide the family with “housing support and parenting assistance.”