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Update: Neglect present in case of dead Barrington baby

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 4:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 5:31 p.m. CDT

BARRINGTON – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has concluded a two-month investigation into the death of 7-month-old Barrington infant Mya Edwards. Neglect is present in the case, according to DCFS.

Barrington police and fire departments responded to a call for a deceased individual in the 100 block of South Hager Avenue on Jan. 8. Edwards was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:19 p.m.

Officials found a surviving twin sister in the home at the time of Edwards' death who is now in foster care, DCFS spokeswoman Karen Hawkins said Monday.

Hawkins said research indicates that both unnamed parents had neglected the two daughters.

The parents, who had no additional children, are expected to attend regularly schedule juvenile court hearings to determine the appropriate future care of their surviving daughter. Hawkins said these hearings have begun and will continue for an undetermined amount of time.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office found a Jan. 9 autopsy to be inconclusive, pending toxicology and medical reports. Results could take one to four more months, according to the medial examiner's office.

Hawkins said DCFS received an "unfounded" neglect report in April 2013 and an indicated abuse report in 2002 that involved another child in the same home. Hawkins said this child was an extended family member.

A collaborative death investigation continues between the Barrington police department and the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team.

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