CHICAGO (SCS) — A woman has been charged with asphyxiating her 8-year-old daughter at their Uptown home.
Andreal Hagler, 38, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his daughter, Amaria Osby. She is due to appear in bond court on Friday afternoon.
Police said Amaria was found unresponsive inside her home in the 4600 block of North Winthrop Avenue around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy on Thursday was inconclusive, but police sources said she was asphyxiated.
Sources also said Hagler was hospitalized on Wednesday after attempting suicide.
As CBS 2 Chris Tye reports, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services confirmed they had previous contact with the family, but they say never for children, but for adults. The most recent visit was a day before Amaria was found dead.
“No signs of abuse, neglect or danger were noted by our investigator,” DCFS spokesman Bill McCaffrey said in an email. “This family previously attended Intact Family Services following a substance abuse incident in 2017. The recent visit was the result of an allegation of domestic violence and was the first contact with the family since the case was closed. previous in 2018.”
The domestic violence allegation DCFS investigated in 2018 involved abuse by one parent against the other, not Amaria. There have been no previous allegations of abuse or neglect towards Amaria.
The family’s neighbors said Amaria liked to bake cookies with Play-Dough and always smiled at them. Neighbors like Dave Dolinski.
“She was an angel. She was always smiling and saying hello, hello Dave.”
The medical examiner’s office sealed off the apartment in which Amaria died.
“I mean, I held her when she was months old. We barbecued together. Just a great girl,” he said.