2-year-old Lansing girl's death ruled a homicide

2014-03-20T16:08:00Z 2014-04-07T16:27:05Z 2-year-old Lansing girl's death ruled a homicideTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 20, 2014 4:08 pm  • 

LANSING | The death of a 2-year-old girl found dead in a Lansing home was ruled a homicide.

Jahariah Patterson died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries caused by child abuse, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Patterson was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon in a home in the 17900 block of Wildwood Avenue.

Fabian Newman, spokesman for Lansing, said police were called at 2 p.m. to the house for a medical emergency and found Patterson inside.

According to a news release, police continued Thursday questioning witnesses to piece together what happened. The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is assisting the department in the ongoing investigation. 

A large portion of the quiet neighborhood was taped off for most of Wednesday 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, rumors began to swirl about what happened.

Dora Jablonski lives two doors down from the home. Jablonski said neighbors often sit outside in the summer and are friendly.

Newman said in the news release that the village was greatly sadden by the tragedy and were thinking of the girl's loved ones.

Times staff writers Lauri Harvey Keagle and Elvia Malagon contributed to this report.

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