Authorities: West Englewood infant beaten to death

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State child welfare authorities are investigating the parents and grandmother of a 4-month old boy for child abuse after the child’s death was ruled a homicide today, authorities said.

Demari Brown, of the 6000 block of South Honore Street, died Thursday of multiple blunt force injuries from child abuse, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which performed an autopsy today. Demari’s death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Dave Clarkin of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said their office began an investigation after receiving two calls from the child abuse hotline, one about 1:30 p.m. and the second shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.

Demari’s mother, father, and maternal grandmother are facing allegations of abuse, Clarkin said. There has been no prior contact with the family, he added.

About 11 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the home in the 6000 block of South Honore Street for an unresponsive child, said police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.

Police were told the boy’s mother had put him down for a nap, and later his father checked on him and found him unresponsive, according to preliminary information.

The infant was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Clarkin said four other children, who are Demari’s relatives, though not siblings, were in the household at the time but they went back to their homes.

Ursitti said Area South detectives are investigating and no arrest have been made. Detectives are conducting a death investigation, and had not yet reclassified the investigation as a homicide as of late Friday afternoon.

By Rosemary Regina Sobol

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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