University Park Boy Drowns In South Suburb

STEGER, Ill. (STMW) – A 10-year-old University Park boy drowned Friday at a south suburban Steger apartment complex.

A Steger police spokeswoman said the accidental drowning occurred at 316 W. Steger Rd. in the New Colonies apartment complex.

The spokeswoman declined to give further information and referred inquiries to the police chief, who was not immediately available.

The boy was identified as Anthony Perkins, of the 700 block of Spring Ct. in University Park, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Perkins was pronounced dead at 3:31 p.m. Friday at St. James Hospital and Health Center  in Chicago Heights, according to the medial examiner’s office.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” said New Colony property manager Donna Richter.

Richter declined to say if the incident happened at a pool.

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  • Lourdes Velasco

    My prayers go to the family but now DCFS wants to get involve and investigate? It’s a little too late.It bothers me to see it happening over and over when DCFS is called to investigate most of the time they close the cases due to no evidence and I keep seeing the abuse all the time. It makes me sick that nobody really protects the children the way it should be.

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