Aunt Investigated After Baby Boy’s Death

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The aunt of a 3-month-old boy is under investigation for the boy’s death Sunday.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says it has substantiated allegations against the woman in years past.

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The controversy surrounds the death of Damajay Buchanan, 3 months, who was found unresponsive at his home in the 7700 block of S. South Shore Drive Sunday. He was pronounced dead at South Shore Hospital at 3:47 p.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

An autopsy on Damajay was inconclusive. Calumet Area police detectives are conducting a death investigation, and DCFS is also conducting a probe.

DCFS spokesman Jimmie Whitelow says the boy’s aunt was babysitting him at the time, and she is now under investigation for alleged death by abuse.

Whitelow said DCFS has substantiated four separate allegations against the aunt in the past: for abuse in 2000, and for neglect in 2003, 2007 and 2008.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Average Guy

    This is obviously a dysfunctional family. How did they allow this aunt to watch their children? She not only had one allegation, but four separate allegations of substantiated abuse or neglect against her in the past. The closest she would get to my children would be by photograph.

    • Joel Adams

      nosey lonely stupid internet geeks keep your lame opinions and keep jerkin to porn white boys

  • concern

    Average guy, I agree with you, the entire family is dysfunctional. And the sad apart about this is that they are saying that the aunt which is the baby second cousin didn’t have anything to do with his death. I hope they lock her up and throw away the key for all the harm that she has done to children in the last 10 years.

    • mc

      What do you know about this family to call us dysfunctional??? She was not charged with anything. The autopsy ruled out anything that could’ve even been considered murder..So now what the doctors are dysfuntional too???

  • loreal jordan

    Too all of u who commented u no nothing about are family we are not disfuctional.this was a honest act of god.the autopsy show no signs of fool play nor abuse. My sister has never harmed a child her childern where tooken out her custody due to her not complyn wit them not about abuse harm nor neglect. And to concern how bout they take the key to u n dispose of it. Let are family greeve we do not need these negative stories nor comments. We are a strong family n we will get through this so we will appreciate it if u guys leave are family the HELL alone.thank you

  • concern

    I not trying to talk about you during this time, but I think you should have did a spell check before you posted this. We are not picking on you all… but what about ” DCFS has substantiated four separate allegations against the aunt n the past, for abuse in 2000, and for neglect in 2003, 2007 and 2008 ” Can you please explain “this” statement.

  • Change

    It’s important to know the individuals that come into contact with your children. With “four separate allegations” of child abuse, this is obviously someone who should not come into any contact with a child. Accidents do happen, but allowing this person to watch a child was not a wise decision. I will keep this family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Fact fiinder

    Breaking news: Aunt / Second cousinwas released from police custody after discovering she was not involved in the child’s death. To Concern- you should also have done a spell check, ie.. “I not” should have been I’m not. Also, this was an unfortunate situation and instead of pointing the finger everyone should get their facts together and pray for the family.

  • concern

    okay fact “finder”, i quess we both should do a spell check :-), but i dont understand this, if this was one of my family members , i don’t think i would respond to any comments online. why are you all so sensitive. I would not defend myself or a family member if they didn’t do anything “wrong” excuse the spelling

    • mc

      Are you not on here too??? You must not have a family or life of your own. I mean you’ve become so indulged in what’s going on in this family it’s actually Pathetic!!!!

  • mc

    That’s what happens when people attack your loved ones without knowing the facts (Pat). That baby was sick and she had no idea. She was asked to baby sit and she did. She has watched all 7 of my children from birth til now and they are all fine and love her to death. If you want to blame someone it ain’t her.

  • mc

    Dcfs never gaver her a chance to be a mother. We were in the system and they made it a priority to make her kids part of the system also. She was chrged with abandonment in 2000 never abuse and she was never given an opportunity to be a mother after that they just took her kids from the hospital. they lied and messed her over then and they are doing it now.

  • concern

    Okay mc, its obvious that you have issues with someone else (Pat) not me. I don’t know you (thank god). I’m just upset about the situation with this young baby and his mother and have done some research on this case, which wasn’t hard to do at all. This whole situation is sad and the only person that has had something positive to say was Change. It’s sad that on Christmas day, people were on the internet going back and forth about the aunt or cousin (whoever she may be) instead of being concerned about the mother who has just lost her three month old baby. I can only imagine how she feels during this time and I pray that she isn’t surrounded around drama. You mentioned that you have seven children, please make sure that this never happens to them.

    • mc

      You should be thanking God cause if I know who you were I’d make sure you didn’t have the use of your fingers to use the internet to harrass our family. You DON’T know the half of what’s going on so butt out….Get your lonely @$% off of the computer and find something else to be sorry about. I’m sure there’s more going on in Chicago to make you feel bad.

    • mc

      Make sure what doesn’t happen to my kids???? The baby wasn’t abused, nurdered, nor did my sister neglect him for the 15 hours she had him. So make sure what doesn’t happen to my kids??? Just as I thought your dumb @$% didn’t check into this you just need something to say huh??? Well here’s something, Get A Life!!!!!

  • dc

    So its very evident. The story gets to the tabloids and bam its online. If you pple jus listen to wat my sister is trying to say. we aren’t dumb okay, she isnt jus a wild savage going aroung killing or harming babies alright. The sht u’ve heard has and will always b a lie. she’s been tooken advantage of so many times. If you dunno she has read these comments nd she’s very hurt nd upset. pple like you really dont need to b in our business cuz all u do is critisize. to u damajay is a headline story. to us he is family. same with his aunt. It hurts us that this story even saw day of light. So please leave us to grieve and dont comment back on this story. thank u!!!!

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