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Police investigating infant's death in Prospect Heights await autopsy

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  • Prospect Heights police are investigating the death of a 1-month-old girl found Thursday morning in a residence in the 800 block of E. Old Willow Road. Paramedics discovered the deceased girl while responding to a call of an infant in respiratory arrest.

       Prospect Heights police are investigating the death of a 1-month-old girl found Thursday morning in a residence in the 800 block of E. Old Willow Road. Paramedics discovered the deceased girl while responding to a call of an infant in respiratory arrest.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A Prospect Heights police investigator looks in a trash container Thursday during a child death investigation on the 800 block of East Old Willow Road. A 1-month-old girl was found dead in a nearby residence Thursday morning.

       A Prospect Heights police investigator looks in a trash container Thursday during a child death investigation on the 800 block of East Old Willow Road. A 1-month-old girl was found dead in a nearby residence Thursday morning.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Prospect Heights police are investigating the death of a 1-month-old girl found Thursday morning in a residence in the 800 block of East Old Willow Road. Paramedics found the girl dead while responding to a call of an infant in respiratory arrest.

       Prospect Heights police are investigating the death of a 1-month-old girl found Thursday morning in a residence in the 800 block of East Old Willow Road. Paramedics found the girl dead while responding to a call of an infant in respiratory arrest.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Prospect Heights police are investigating the death of a 1-month-old girl found Thursday morning in a residence in the 800 block of East Old Willow Road. Paramedics found the girl dead while responding to a call of an infant in respiratory arrest.

       Prospect Heights police are investigating the death of a 1-month-old girl found Thursday morning in a residence in the 800 block of East Old Willow Road. Paramedics found the girl dead while responding to a call of an infant in respiratory arrest.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
 

An autopsy is scheduled this morning on the body of a 1-month-old girl found dead Thursday inside a Prospect Heights condo, authorities said.

Police are awaiting the autopsy's results from the Cook County medical examiner's office as they continue to investigate the infant's death. Police have interviewed the girl's parents, who are in their 30s and cooperating with the investigation, Prospect Heights Chief Jamie Dunne said. The girl's name has not been released.

Forensic teams sifted through the Willow Heights condo into late Thursday night. Investigators also interviewed neighbors and looked through a trash container near the two-bedroom unit in the 800 block of East Old Willow Road.

The infant's parents and a 9-year-old brother also live there, Dunne said. The family moved there in late winter, he said.

Prospect Heights paramedics were called to the condominiums just before 10 a.m. on a report of an infant in respiratory arrest, Deputy Fire Chief Drew Smith said. The child was dead when paramedics arrived, and fire officials turned over the scene to police, Smith said.

Officials declined to say whether there were signs of trauma to the girl.

Police have had previous contact with her parents, Dunne said. He did not disclose the nature of that contact.

Police described the girl's death as an isolated event.

The Major Case Assistance Team is helping Prospect Heights police with the investigation.

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