Lansing police investigating death of 2-year-old

2014-03-19T20:59:00Z 2014-03-20T06:50:28Z Lansing police investigating death of 2-year-oldElvia Malagon, (219) 933-3246

LANSING | Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child who was found dead in the 17900 block of Wildwood Avenue.

Fabian Newman, spokesman for Lansing, said police were called at 2 p.m. Wednesday to the house and found the unresponsive child inside. He said the death was called in as accidental. Officers were questioning people Wednesday night to piece together what happened.

Newman said officials did not identify the child Wednesday because they had not notified the child's mother. The Cook County medical examiner's office declined to comment Wednesday night. 

A large portion of the quiet neighborhood was taped off for most of the afternoon as Lansing police and Illinois State Police crime scene investigators surrounded the house. Bright camera flashes could be seen from outside the house.  

As residents arrived home to the quiet neighborhood, rumors began to swirl about what exactly happened inside the house. Some neighbors peeked at the crime scene from their windows and others walked over to try to get information. Officers at the scene remained tight lipped, and many neighbors said they weren't given any answers. 

Michelle Havran, who lives on the corner of the street, said she was calling neighbors Wednesday to figure out what happened. She said a young family with a child lived in the home at the center of the investigation. 

Dora Jablonski lives two houses down from where the death happened and recalled hearing the couple arguing outside the house. She was surprised to learn that a child lived in the house.

"I am so shocked," she said. "I don't even feel the cold."

Jablonski said neighbors usually sit outside their homes during the summer and are friendly with each other. She recalled the woman who lives at the house once gave her a bag of carrots for her horse.

"Then this happened," she said. "Lansing is such a quiet place."

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