Coroner says autopsy of dead girl inconclusive

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Authorities say the body of a 1 1/2-year-old girl who was reported missing from a northern IL community has been found inside a home.

Semaj's family reported her missing on Tuesday afternoon.

The Will County Sheriff's Office say Semaj ML Crosby was reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Semaj's body was discovered around midnight in her Joliet Township home.

"We have had prior contact with this family including four unfounded investigations for neglect and two prior pending investigation for neglect opened in March 2017", DCFS spokeswoman Veronica Resa said in the email.

Resa said DCFS has been offering services to the family since September.

Will County deputies, who maintained during the search that they did not believe any foul play was involved, said they gained consent from a family attorney around 11 p.m. Wednesday to enter the child's home. Investigators said the family had been cooperative with the search.

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An evidence van could be seen parked outside the home where Semaj was found and yellow crime tape surrounded the area early Thursday.

NBC 5 learned Wednesday that Gordon had hired an attorney as search crews were continuing their efforts to find Semaj.

Will County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said during a news conference that the child's death was "suspicious," but that an autopsy is not yet complete.

Ackerson said nothing investigators had learned indicates that the girl did not wander off on her own. I'm not surprised - unless somebody just up and took her.

Ackerson would not identify any suspects but says the Joliet Township house where the woman lived with her children was crowded with as many as 15 "squatters" who lived in what he called "deplorable" conditions.

ABC 7-Chicago reports that search teams were setting up this morning near a pond close to where Semaj was last seen.

The Will County Sheriff's Office said it considers disappearance to be a missing child case.

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