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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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