Hoffman Estates Police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are reportedly investigating the death of a 4-month-old girl who died Saturday, possibly from shaken baby syndrome.
The baby girl, Anna Belle Chung, reportedly of East Debbie Drive in Mount Prospect, suffered injuries Wednesday at a home-based day-care center in Hoffman Estates and died three days later, said the medical examiner’s office.
The unidentified person reportedly being investigated for possible child abuse in Chung’s death was also investigated by DCFS for unrelated child abuse allegations in May 2010 that were later determined to be unfounded, said agency spokesman Jimmie Whitelow.
The girl’s parents are not the focus of the investigation, Whitelow said.
The day-care center reportedly looks like just another single family home on Crimson Drive in Hoffman Estates. But a look through the front window makes it clear the home has been set up to be a day-care center, with small chairs and tables, play stations and toys lining the wall, cribs in the dining room. The front landing is covered with chalk drawings of trains and other images.
The facility is incorporated as “Sunflower Christian Montessori,” though it appears on no list of licensed Montessori schools in Illinois. A message left on the school’s answering machine was not returned, and no one answered the door Sunday.
Neighbors reportedly said they suspected the home’s owners were running a day-care center because of the number of people dropping off kids and picking them up every day.
Police were reportedly called to the day-care center at 10:19 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a child unconscious and not breathing, police said Sunday.
She was reportedly taken to Saint Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates before being transferred to Children’s Memorial Hospital at 7 p.m., police said.
The baby was pronounced dead at Children’s Memorial 11:44 a.m. Saturday. The medical examiner’s office cited shaken baby syndrome as her preliminary cause of death.
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