Death of 2-month-old Humboldt Park girl ruled homicide

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - An autopsy Friday found that a 2-month-old girl from the Humboldt Park neighborhood who died Thursday morning was abused, and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Family members took Aliya Acosta to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center about 4 p.m. Jan. 17 after she became unresponsive at 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 girl’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.