Erica Hampton, 25, is now charged with child endangerment resulting in her infant child’s death, according to a Chicago Tribune report published on Thursday. In the incident, a 7-month-old girl died. Additionally, she has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment related to the same incident in which she left her two other daughters who are 2 years and 6 years old.
The deceased baby, Lamya Hampton, was left in a car seat with her two sisters in an apartment located in the 3700 block of West 13th Street on Chicago’s west side.
A Chicago Police Department report states that Hampton left the victims unattended which caused the death of the infant and endangered the lives and well-being of her sisters.
According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, an autopsy was conducted on the infant but a cause of death has not yet been determined. Previously, it was reported that there was no food in the apartment – and possibly no heat.
Police say the baby was discovered lifeless after the 2-year-old girl left her apartment, walked across the hall, knocked on the neighbor’s door to ask for some food.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken protective custody of the two surviving children.