Hammond infant's death ruled homicide by child abuse

Authorities have ruled an 8-month-old girl’s April death in northwest Indiana a homicide by child abuse.

On April 15, emergency crews were called to a report of an unresponsive infant at a home in the 2200 block of West 41st Avenue in unincorporated Calumet Township, according to the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Maci Moor was taken to Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary and later flown by helicopter to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, sheriff’s police said.

Maci, who lived in the 6600 block of Montana Avenue in Hammond, died there at 12:27 p.m. April 19, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An initial autopsy did not rule on her cause or manner of death, but police announced Friday that further investigation found she died of closed head injuries due to child abuse, and ruled it a homicide.

No charges have been filed, and police said a criminal investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information should call detectives at (219) 755-3355.