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Semaj Crosby, 16 mos, found dead in her home

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by noZme, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    2/25 This toddler was reported missing from her Joliet IL home, kicking off a desperate neighborhood search. The first story was DFCS had checked in on her family hours before, she & other children were playing in the yard supervised by someone working on a vehicle. After a disputed amount of time the family looked for her, authorities were called in. It is not clear yet, but Semaj supposedly lived in the house with her mom & 2 older siblings - also, the mother's sister & her children lived there & perhaps others.

    After extensive searches, including ponds in the area, Semaj was located, deceased, & hidden away inside the home.(possibly stuffed into a sofa.)A presser is planned for later this morning. Meanwhile, local tv reporters are on scene, talking with neighbors & relatives. Hopefully, the cops will have a clearer timeline & idea about what happened. The child's death may have been accidental, but someone there hid the body,

    Many links - hope someone has time to pick out what we need to know,

    2/26 Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that hundreds of police and volunteers had been searching for Semaj Crosby.

    “It’s such a large area, open fields, woods, trees, retention ponds,” Ackerson said. “We’re doing everything we can to find her.”
    The search for missing toddler Semaj Crosby has come to a tragic end. The little girl’s body was found in her home at 309 Louis Road in Joliet Township, last night at midnight. Will County Sheriff’s Office along with the FBI gained consent to search the home of Sheri Gordon, the mother of the little girl. Will County coroner’s office will be conducting an autopsy later today to determine the cause of death

    live interviews outside home Fox32 reporter

    The FBI received consent from a family attorney to search the home and found her around midnight.

    Semaj's family reported her missing on Tuesday afternoon. They said she disappeared while playing outside near her home, while a relative repaired a car.

    DCFS confirmed it was investigating the girl's mother for allegations of neglect. A caseworker was at the home just hours before Semaj disappeared, but found nothing that would endanger the child.
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  2. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

  3. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Thursday morning PC

    autopsy report not yet ready

    inside home was "very deplorable condition"

    people lived in that house - "some squatters described as people who come & go"

    DFCS was there after 3, Semaj reported missing about 6

    people in house have not been cooperative with police

    mother's attorney stopped questioning & refused search of premises w/o warrant

    mother's sister, Lakeresha, has been in-between family & cops- banging on the side of the interview trailer when cops were questioning SemaJ mom

    mom, arrested, in custody & advised to not speak

    ?mom's name?????
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  4. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Reporters said father is in prison. His name is James Crosby. Baby's name is "James" spelled in reverse.
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  5. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    mother = Shari Gordon
    has 2 or 3 older children
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  6. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    Not saying this is what happened in this case, but am reminded of a time when my sister's kids were young and one of them had to go run next door and get the neighbor to rescue another one of them from the bowels of a hide-a-bed couch. They were home alone and "somehow" one of them got folded into the couch and the other one could not get the couch to open back up. They were probably 6-8 or so at the time.

    It would also have made a good place to "hide" the other one if one of them had harmed the other one, too.
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  7. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    With children, so many things can happen in an instant. I have a feeling this is dark & sinister or at the very least, neglect by the adult(s).
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    If the house was in deplorable condition, I have to wonder if she fell asleep under something and then somebody placed something on top of her and she was smothered. This is so sad! What an adorable child she was.
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  9. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Discovered this. Facebook live update from reporter, Anita Padillo, Fox 32. I watched her on-scene broadcast morning.

    Disgusting details. Not everything is confirmed yet.


    house was rented to mother for herself & 3 children

    mother, Sheri has some type of diminished capacity

    Semaj's father's mother, Darlene Crosby, & other relatives & friends bummed in & took advantage of the residence. A dozen more people came & went at will.

    unconfirmed ~ a family member said grandmother, Darlene hit the child. she & her daughter Lakaresha put the body in a car, cops were called & after initial questioning & cops left, they brought the body in, split bottom fabric on sofa & hid the body.

    This reporter is all over the place, taking calls, messing with her phone. But, she has talked directly to the major players & plays a recording of mother.

    Child's father was in jail, not prison & is being released.

    Dead Joliet Baby's Autopsy Complete
    Toxicological testing must still be performed.

    April 27, 2017 7:15
    autopsy performed on a baby found dead in her home after she was missing for a day and a half did not reveal how she died.

    Semaj M.L. Crosby's cause of death is pending the results of toxicological testing and the police investigation.

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  10. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    more from autopsy link above

    Semaj was playing with six to eight other children, at least one of whom was as old as 13, when she was last seen about 4 p.m. Tuesday, said Will County Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson. The children were supposed to go get ice cream, but Semaj’s mother, Sheri Gordon, couldn’t get her car started, police said.

    The children then went to play in the yard, and Semaj was not seen again until her body was found.

    Independent, credible witnesses from the neighborhood told police they saw her walking away from her home, Ackerson said. She was supposedly barefoot at the time.

    Semaj's mother, Sheri Gordon, did not call the police until about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Ackerson said.

    Gordon initially agreed to speak with detectives and was questioned in a trailer that was being used as a mobile command post, Ackerson said, but another woman tried to put a stop to it.

    "During the interview we did with the mother (a woman) was pounding on the outside of the trailer, telling her to stop," Ackerson said.

    Ackerson said he does not know if the woman is related to Gordon in some way. She has been identified only by a first name.

    At any given time, there were more than 10 people not related to Gordon or her three children living in her Preston Heights home, said Ackerson, who identified them as "squatters."

    He called the woman who banged on the side of the trailer a "relative, squatter, I don't know."

    A large group was gathered outside Gordon's house Wednesday, with adults and children coming and going and some playing with a ball.

    A Department of Children and Family Services caseworker was at Semaj's house for an abuse investigation Tuesday afternoon, Ackerson said, and left about 4 p.m., about the same time Semaj was last seen. A DCFS case worker was also on the scene Wednesday. (This morning, I saw a tv station video of Lakresha's children being taken by DCFS..... this whole crew has multiple dysfunctions... poor children needed to be removed from the chaos.)
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  11. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Lawyers For Mother of Child Found Dead After Search in Joliet Township Release Statement
    Chuck Bretz and Associates posted on its Facebook page Thursday evening the firm had been retained by Sheri Gordon to advise her in coordinating communications “between the various agencies involved.” The Will County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, Department of Child and Family Services and Will County Coroner’s office have all been involved to an extent in the investigation of Semaj Crosby’s death.

    “Ms. Gordon is extremely grateful for the efforts of the various law enforcement officers, first responders, and volunteers who participated in the search for Semaj,” the statement reads. “During the search, Ms. Gordon and law enforcement engaged in a high level of communication and cooperation.”

    “Ms. Gordon is extremely distraught over the death of her only daughter. She will continue to support the investigation in this matter to the best of her abilities. She prays for her daughter and appreciates the community’s support in this matter. We look forward to when we can put this tragic incident behind us and allow the healing to begin.”


    mother may have had issues & was being controlled by family members, but somebody hired her an attorney in the middle of the night & now they have a spokes-firm!
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  12. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Sounds like a crack den. Did little Semaj find someone's drugs?
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  13. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Police Encountered Toddler Semaj Crosby During Well-Being Check On Easter
    The department said on its Facebook page that three deputies went to a Joliet Township residence April 16 after someone made an “abandoned” call to 9-1-1.

    “When they arrived at the home they came across some kids outside playing with sticks,” the Facebook post said. “They went inside and spoke to the mom and grandmother and found that everything was fine.”

    This picture shows Will County sheriff’s deputies with five children, including Semaj Crosby. (Will County Sheriff/Facebook)

    The deputies noticed the children didn’t have any Easter gifts, the Facebook post dated April 18 said, so they went shopping and returned with candy, toys and Easter baskets. “The deputies DID make memories that day … not with their own kids … but with five very egg-cited kids!”

    A picture posted on the social media page shows three sheriff’s officers beaming with five children. The littlest child, a girl with braids and barrettes and a pacifier in her mouth, is Semaj, family members confirm to CBS 2.

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  14. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

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    noZme Bronze Member



    The Will County Sheriff's Office has been advised of numerous rumors surrounding the death of Semaj Crosby since she was located. In order to disseminate some of the inaccurate information that has been reported, the Sheriff's Office would like to share and clarify some facts.

    Sheriff's detectives did in fact locate Semaj Crosby lying underneath the couch, located in the living room of the residence. No damage to the couch to indicate that the body was placed in or through the couch was discovered.

    As reported yesterday, the Will County Coroner has determined the cause of death to be pending. In other words, the Coroner is awaiting the lab testing and toxicology reports to be completed before a final determination can be reached. The Sheriff's Office was advised from the Will County Coroner that there were no visible signs of blunt force trauma or physical injury to the body of Semaj Crosby to indicate the exact cause of death.

    At this time, this case is considered a suspicious death investigation. Today, Sheriff's detectives are continuing their investigation and are interviewing cooperating witnesses and some family members. No one is in custody. No one individual has been targeted as a suspect, however, no one individual has been ruled out as a suspect. Every angle of this tragic incident is being actively examined.

    The Sheriff's Office is asking news agencies, as well as the public, and those on social media sites, to please be patient as this investigation moves forward. Any facts in this case deemed important for public knowledge will be released when appropriate. -end-
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    noZme Bronze Member

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    Semaj Crosby’s Mother Returns To Her Home, Speaks

    “She was my baby. She was my little girl,” said Sheri Gordon, Semaj’s mother.

    Investigators returned to the house that has been deemed uninhabitable on Friday and removed additional items. They also clarified unanswered questions. The child’s body, they say was found underneath an undisturbed living room couch now collected as evidence. So far, an inconclusive autopsy report found no signs of blunt force trauma or physical injury.

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  18. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    photos inside the house at above link.
    How did a Family Services worker leave children in that nasty place & with strangers coming & going? The county had no problem seeing violations to deem it uninhabitable. `3 years ago the owner was given a list of must fixes. Does Section 8 have anybody checking back on properties?

    Daddy's in jail for stealing so he has no contribution to the household. Mommy & 3 kids makes 5 people on the public till. Dad's mother & sister, their children & friends are bumming in there for a place to stay & maybe "renting" spaces for strangers to crash. The stove does not work. Mom's car wouldn't start when they were supposedly going out for ice cream - did kids have a nutritious dinner? Filth. Clutter. Mayhem. Multiple calls to FCS.
    America needs to rethink the system; we cannot keep supporting malfunction.
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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I shudder to think of how many children live under these conditions.

    I'm glad to know this baby wasn't hidden inside the couch as has been reported on the internet. Why people have to make a disturbing situation even worse I'll never know.
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  20. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Some pearls of wisdom in among the dirt.Glad I stuck with it for an insider perspective.
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