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CHICAGO (STMW) – A 2-year-old South Side girl who was found unresponsive in her bed, with bite and scratch marks on her body, was beaten to death and her death has been ruled a homicide, an autopsy Sunday has determined.

Police and the state Department of Children and Family Services are both investigating the death of 2-year-old Armani Cotton, of the 1800 block of East 72nd Street. She was found Saturday with bite and scratch marks on her body at a home in the 5500 block of South Emerald Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The girl was pronounced dead at Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center at 4:42 p.m. Saturday.

Earlier in the day, officers responded to a call about a child unresponsive in bed, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

DCFS is investigating allegations of abuse against the mother’s boyfriend, DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe said. DCFS has had no previous contact with the family and there were no other children in the home, Marlowe said.

An autopsy Sunday found that the girl died of multiple injuries from a beating and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police are conducting a death investigation and no charges have been filed in relation to the child’s death as of Sunday afternoon, police said.

Area South detectives are investigating.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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