Quantcast

Search For Missing Toddler Ends Shockingly And Tragically

A stunning case has come to light out of Joliet Township, Illinois. An 18-month-old girl had gone missing in the neighborhood, and the search would come to an end in shocking fashion. As the Independent Journal Review shares, the child would be found dead inside of her own home.

Reports that the girl had gone missing led to a frantic search by police and neighborhood volunteers. The search would come up empty, and the cops would ask to enter the family’s home the next day. They were curiously rebuffed by the family’s attorney, who denied entrance unless they could produce a warrant. After some haggling, the cops would enter to make a stunning discovery. The child’s body was found underneath a couch.

“All indications at that time pointed that the child was outside and wandered off. We actually had witnesses that described Semaj walking down the street, and actually described the clothing she was in. At that point, we thought she wandered off and we really didn’t know what we had at that point,” said Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Richard Ackerson.

While no cause of death has been determined, the child’s death is being labeled as suspicious. The family has been on the radar of the local Department of Child and Family Services - to the tune of 16 visits since last year.

“We have had prior contact with this family including four unfounded investigations for neglect and two prior pending investigations for neglect opened in March 2017. 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. DCFS has been working with the family, offering services since September 2016,” a statement from the DCFS read in part.

It remains unclear why the family’s attorney attempted to block the cops from entering the home.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photos: Will County Sheriff's Office

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

Victoria Lawson said it seemed like a normal night on the job at the Sonic burger joint she worked at in Oklahoma City, and then a last minute...

Ariane Nelson was at a gas station in Denver pumping gas into her car. A stranger stopped her and asked if she might buy him a gallon of milk. Her...

A couple named Jocelyn and William got married. Jocelyn’s mother gave the couple a new bank account with $1,000 as a wedding gift. She said, “Keep...

Reaction has been quick to come in from all sides over the release of portions of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return, which has pointed to the...

This story may give you pause if you were worried about the threats facing the state of Israel. A video, showing an ominous cloud of rain, dust...

Latest News Stories

When O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder after the 1995 grueling 'trial of the century', many believed that the jury, who were mostly people of...

Paul Rusher of Oxford had been engaged for few weeks, yet he was planning a future with a new woman who he thought was a pretty blond from America...

Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a big fan of President Trump since the administration began threatening Iran and North Korea.

The South...

South Carolina has recently experienced historic rains and flooding, yet that did not serve to sway Patrick Doggett's evening activity plans....

The news site pointed out that while Coulter has long backed the Republican nominee’s presidential bid, she recently criticized his changing...