Joliet community paying last respects to Semaj Crosby

Friday, 05 May 2017, 10:41:23 PM. Family, friends and community members Friday morning comforted one another as they paid their last respects to a 16-month-old girl found dead in her Joliet Township home last week.
Family, friends and community members Friday morning comforted one another as they paid their last respects to a 16-month-old girl found dead in her Joliet Township home last week. Mourners, some wearing white "Team Semaj" sweatshirts, filed past the body of Semaj Crosby, which was in a white casket draped in pink netting and surrounded by balloons and flowers at the Prayer Tower Ministries Church of God in Christ in Joliet. The young girl's parents, Sheri Gordon and James Crosby, hugged one another as they stood before the girl's casket. A funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. at the church following a two-hour visitation. Authorities discovered the girl's body under a couch in her home in the early hours of April 27. The girl was first reported missing April 25 and authorities believed she had wandered off. Authorities, family and volunteers spent two days searching for the girl before she was found. The girl's death has sparked criticism about the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services from a Will County judge and others. The agency had been investigating complaints of neglect involving the family and had been at the home on Louis Road just hours before Semaj disappeared. "I believe that this community failed this child and we don't want to see this happen again," said Pastor Warren Dorris, who is a cousin of the girl's mother. Dorris, who leads Prayer Tower Ministries Church of God in Christ, also was critical of DCFS, calling them "Disconnected Family...Read more
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