On Tuesday 4/25/17, 16-month-old Semaj Crosby was reported missing in Joliet. Her mother stated that the child had wandered off when she was trying to jump start her stalled vehicle.
As I watched the news footage of police and neighbors combing the area, something didn’t seem right to me, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. “Maybe I’m thinking too much,” I thought. “Toddlers are always running around and getting into different things; maybe she’d end up at a neighbor’s house.”
So when I watched the news on 4/27/17 and saw that the baby was found dead in her home, I was horrified and angry. What happened to this child? All of these people were searching for Semaj and it turns out she was already deceased! I suspect Semaj’s family is involved in her death (or knows something about it) and doesn’t want to admit it. One of the neighbors thought the mother’s story sounded suspicious because she didn’t show much emotion when the child was “missing.” The media coverage and police search were only attempts to conceal the truth, which eventually emerged—Semaj had been living in filthy conditions, DCFS was investigating complaints of neglect, and now the child’s death appears to be suspicious; her autopsy came back as inconclusive but toxicology tests are being performed.
Although I don’t have children of my own, I hate to hear news stories about children getting hurt or killed, especially if it was due to the parent not wanting the child or the parent becoming frustrated with a crying child. Why are you having kids if you truly don’t want them? Why are you continuing to have more children if you’re struggling to raise the ones you currently have?
Perhaps Semaj’s mother isn’t at fault—I’ve seen various comments online that describe her as being “slow” or “mentally challenged” and possibly being controlled and manipulated by other family members. But as of right now, we don’t know all the details.
Semaj was an innocent child who didn’t deserve to be neglected or mistreated; she didn’t ask to be brought into this world. I pray that Semaj receives justice and that the motive for her death—whether it was intentional or accidental—will be revealed.
UPDATE 5/6/17—Now I’ve heard that the home where Semaj was found has been completed destroyed in a fire, which is suspected to be arson by a Joliet fire official. This story keeps getting stranger and stranger! Seems like someone is desperate to conceal evidence that may have been in the home.
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