DCFS Investigates Death of 4-Month-Old Girl from Mount Prospect

Baby Died of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Monday, Apr 23, 2012  |  Updated 5:50 AM CDT
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DCFS Investigates Death of 4-Month-Old Girl

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A 4-month-old girl from Mount Prospect died of shaken baby syndrome Saturday afternoon.

Anna Belle Chung, of the 0-100 block of East Debbie Drive in Mount Prospect, was pronounced dead at Children’s Memorial Hospital at 11:44 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, adding that the preliminary cause of death was shaken baby syndrome.

The baby suffered the injuries at a day care center in the 4200 block of Crimson Drive in Hoffman Estates, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Jimmie Whitelow, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, said the agency is investigating allegations of abuse in connection to Chung’s death. Whitelow declined to say who is being investigated, but he did say DCFS previously investigated the person for an allegation in May of 2010 that was determined to be unfounded. Whitelow also said the agency is not investigating Chung’s mother.

The girl’s father, Ken Chung, said family members were too distraught to talk.

“We’re going through a rough time,” Chung said. “It’s not a good time to talk.”

The day care location in Hoffman Estate is in a home in a residential neighborhood.

Public records list the daycare center as Sunflower Christian Montessori and its principal/owner as Leigh Ann Choi. A message left on the Montessori school’s answering machine was not immediately returned.

Hoffman Estates police did not return calls for comment.

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