SOUTH CHICAGO — A 2-year-old girl found dead in South Chicago Saturday was killed in a dog attack, an autopsy determined.
The death of Jah'Niyah White was classified as a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office Sunday.
Police launched a death investigation after Jah'Niyah was found dead Saturday afternoon in the 3300 block of East 91st Street.
About 2:45 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a call to assist emergency personnel, said Officer Daniel O'Brien, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Responders found Jah'Niyah, of the 1700 block of East 67th Street, and rushed her to Jackson Park Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
On Sunday, an autopsy determined she died from multiple injuries suffered in a dog attack. A contributing factor was neglect, the autopsy said.
A police spokesman said the department is conducting a noncriminal death investigation.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating whether the girl's grandfather neglected her, said Karen Hawkins, an agency spokeswoman. She said DCFS has had no prior contact with the family, and no other children were in the home.
No further information was immediately available.