Semaj Crosby was found dead late Wednesday night after being reported missing on Tuesday from her suburban Chicago home.
The FBI in association with the Will County Sherriff’s Office filed a search warrant for a home in Joilet Township, where they found the little 16-month girl dead.
She was found inside a couch, which was later removed by the investigators.
The house was in terrible condition, with an average of 15 people living there, though most drifted in and out, often acting as squatters.
Her death is being called suspicious, but has not yet been ruled as a homicide. There were no signs of neglect from the mother and other two children bore no signs of abuse.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated the house and gave the all clear for the family.
The girl was last seen Tuesday evening outside her home. Earlier that day, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services officials had been at the house investigating an allegation of neglect against the victim’s mother, according to statement from the agency. The agency officials said they saw all three of the mother’s children, including Semaj, and observed no obvious hazards or safety concerns.
Semaj’s body was found after the mother’s lawyer gave the sheriff’s office consent for the house to be searched Wednesday night, Ackerson said. He called Semaj’s death suspicious, but not necessarily a homicide. An autopsy will determine the cause of death. The Department of Child Services had been working with the family since September 2016, with four unfounded investigations for neglect, and two other pending investigations for neglect opened in March 2017, agency officials said.