LANSING, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) –
The father of a 2-year-old girl is facing murder charges after the baby died Wednesday in south suburban Lansing.
Jeremiah Thompson, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 2-year-old Jahariah Patterson, a release from the Village of Lansing said.
About 2 p.m. Wednesday, paramedics responding to a medical emergency in the 17900 block of Wildwood Avenue found Patterson unresponsive, the statement said.
She was later pronounced dead at the scene at 2:31 p.m, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
An autopsy found she died of multiple blunt force injuries from child abuse, and ruled her death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.
Thompson was arrested after Lansing Police Department and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force conducted a joint investigation. A village spokesman confirmed Thompson is the baby’s father.
The state Dept. of Children and Family Services said Friday it was investigating the baby’s father after the death, DCFS spokeswoman Karen Hawkins said Tuesday. He did not have legal custody of her at the time of her death, Hawkins said.
DCFS also investigated him twice before, in May 2013 and July 2013, Hawkins said. Allegations in May were “unfounded,” but the July investigation indicated abuse, she said.