Suburban Baby Killed By Overturned Dresser

BARRINGTON HILLS, Ill. (STMW) – The death of a 2-year-old northwest suburban boy on Monday was caused by a dresser accidentally overturning and crushing the toddler, an autopsy has shown.

Shane Siefert of W. Penny Rd. in Barrington Hills was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. Monday at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

An autopsy on Tuesday found Shane died from asphyxia from an overturned dresser and his death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

The Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services, however, is investigating allegations of neglect connected to the child’s death, spokesman Kendall Marlowe said.

DCFS has had no prior contact with the family and the one other child in the home has been placed in the care of relatives, Marlowe said.

Barrington Hills police are also investigating, but a detective on the case has not been available for comment.

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  • Me

    Oh how awful. I feel so bad for the family. The same thing almost happened in our family when my son was 2. Luckily I was right there and some how had the strength to lift the dresser off him almost before it it was on him. In my son’s situation I was putting away clothes and had the drawers open and it took just seconds for him to try and climb up them and I was actually watching him at the time across the room. It was like slow motion seeing him start to go climb and me running over to him. I hope this family isn’t the focus of that investigation for too long as I’m sure they are feeling so guilty.

  • Vern Demerest

    Suspicious. This case should be investigated by Child Protective teams at Comer, Sinai and Children’s. Don’t treat this family any differently than a family from “the hood.” Look at the child for old healing wounds and do a skeletal survery on all the children including the deceased. This case, due to risk of harm, if there are any other children, should be founded by DCFS and screened into the system. All eyes are on DCFS.

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  • Saddened mother

    I feel so badly for this family, for the beautiful little boy and for the family. Any parent who reads about this tragedy will think about how with just a moment’s inattention this horrible thing could have happened to their child.

  • iMosaic

    Accidents do happen Vern. Perhaps you need a skeletal survey. You could never know such a loss and I hope you never do.

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