Body of Missing Joliet Toddler Found in Mother's Home

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JOLIET TOWNSHIP - Searchers scoured the Preston Heights area Wednesday for a missing 1-year-old girl.

Authorities say Semaj was reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The girl is later seen by neighbors playing with other children in the front yard. DCFS was at the home earlier Tuesday, the day the little girl vanished, to speak to her mother. "But there were different people there off and on", Ackerson said. "Nah", Smith said. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has investigated Semaj's mother in the past for an allegation of neglect.

The body of a one-year-old Semaj Crosby has been found.

No arrests have been made, but Chief Deputy Ackerson says the investigation is active. DCFS said they found no signs of harm.

Semaj's family said they were working on a vehicle outside their home near Luana Road and Richards Street in unincorporated Joliet Township, and Semaj was playing with other children in the yard, but wandered off.

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The Department of Child and Family Services said Wednesday that Gordon is now under investigation for an allegation of neglect.

After 30 hours of searching, the body of Semaj Crosby was discovered inside a home in the 300 block of Louis Road in Joliet Township around 12 a.m., according to the Will County Sheriff's Office. "DCFS has been working with the family, offering services since September 2016", Resa said.

Detectives interviewed the girl's family twice, and they have been "fully corporative", according to Will County sheriff's office Deputy Chief Richard Ackerman, who noted that police had previously been called to their home a few times, most recently for a "domestic situation" on Easter Sunday.

The deputies went to a nearby store to buy candy and toys for the children, police said.

Oak Valley School, which borders the backyard of the Crosby home, will provide its school surveillance video to law enforcement.

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