A 4-year-old girl in northwest suburban Bloomingdale died Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide attempt that happened during a domestic dispute, authorities said.
The girl's mother, who was found with what appear to be self-inflicted wounds, is recovering at Adventist Glen Oaks Medical Center in Glendale Heights and is considered a suspect in the death, police said.
Police responded shortly after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon to a call about a domestic situation in a townhouse on the 200 block of Amherst Court in Bloomingdale.
There, they found the two victims. The girl was pronounced at the scene.
"For this to happen to a 4-year-old child, it's just awful," said Kim Piedt, whose children played with the girl. "She doesn't deserve that. There's no way she deserved that. I mean, she had her life ahead of her."
The family is from out-of-state and was, according to neighbors, visiting a grandmother who lives in the townhouse. The mother was in the midst of a custody battle over the child, one neighbor said.
A law enforcement source said the family has a history of domestic violence.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at (630) 529-9868.