Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray was sticking to the facts in an earlier police press release of a homicide investigation of an infant on Sunday morning.
Police were notified of an armed subject in the 6600 block of West 91st Street around 10:46 a.m. Sunday. When en route, they received additional information of a baby at the address with a “significant injury,” Murray said at an evening press conference.
The call of an armed person quickly morphed into Oak Lawn police officers performing life-saving measures on the gravely injured child. Police called in Oak Lawn Fire Department paramedics, who took the child to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
The baby was pronounced dead by medical staff later in the afternoon.
The child is under 12 months old, but the police chief said no further information about the age or gender, or nature of the child’s injury would be released until police wrap up their investigation.
Murray would not comment if the child lived in the home or the age of the family member being questioned at the Oak Lawn police station. He said that the parents were not at the home during the incident.
“Relatives indicated that a family member was involved,” the police chief said. “That individual is here and is part of our investigation.”
Murray said that the relative was in the home, but did not know if the relative was armed when officers arrived.
No charges had been filed as of Sunday evening. Oak Lawn
Police are working in conjunction with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task
Force. Investigators spent most of the afternoon processing the scene.
“We are in contact with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office,” Murray said. “We will conduct our investigation. If charges are sought we will request that from the state’s attorney and at that time release additional information or release additional information in court.”
Mayor Sandra Bury said she learned of what is now a homicide investigation from the village manager Sunday morning. She did not know the family.
“It’s horrifying and tragic,” Bury said. “It’s shocking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all involved.”
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is reviewing the case on Monday morning.
Patch will continue to update this story.
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