The body of a toddler was discovered in their apartment days after his mother was found dead.
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(AP) — Police have identified a child’s body discovered in a northwest Indiana retention pond as that of a 1-year-old suburban Chicago girl whose mother was found dead in her apartment just days before.
Jaclyn Angel Dobbs of Deerfield, Illinois, was discovered dead in a Hammond pond by construction workers on Thursday, and an autopsy was scheduled for Friday, according to Indiana State Police.
Her mother, 21-year-old Ja’nya Murphy, was found dead in her apartment in north suburban Wheeling on Tuesday, and the toddler went missing.
Murphy’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy determined she died of asphyxiation strangulation.
Authorities in Missouri have arrested a person of interest in the death of Murphy, according to Wheeling police.
Based on video reviewed by officers, he was stopped by police in western Missouri while driving a minivan that was also being sought by police.
The man had a relationship with Murphy, but he was not the father of her daughter, according to police.
Authorities have not released the man’s name, but he was last seen with Murphy at a mall on Monday, around the time her family last spoke to her.
According to police, she had lived with her daughter in the apartment building where her body was discovered.
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