Autopsy: 2-month-old Aliya Acosta of Humboldt Park died from ‘multiple injuries caused by child abuse’

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

An autopsy found that 2-month-old Aliya Acosta, who died Thursday after spending the last three weeks in a hospital, was a child abuse victim and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Family members took Aliya to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center about 4 p.m. Jan. 17 after she became unresponsive in her home in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Aliya was later transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. An autopsy Friday found she died from multiple injuries caused by child abuse, and ruled her death a homicide.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of abuse against the infant’s mother, father and other caregivers, department spokeswoman Veronica Resa said. DCFS has not had prior contact with the family.

Area North detectives are also conducting a death investigation, police said.

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