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Park Forest infant dies, DCFS investigating aunt

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Child welfare officials are investigating the death of a 3-month-old boy who was found not breathing at his south suburban Park Forest home.

Officers responding to a call of an infant not breathing about 4:30 p.m. found Nathan Winston in the arms of his 34-year-old aunt at his home in the 400 block of Niagara Street, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Nathan's aunt, who was caring for him at the time, found the boy not breathing on a mattress where he had been taking a nap, according to a statement from Park Forest police.

He was taken to Franciscan St. James Health-Chicago Heights, where he died at 5:19 p.m. on Saturday, the medical examiner's office said.

An autopsy performed Sunday was inconclusive pending further studies, the medical examiner's office said.

The state Dept. of Children and Family Services is investigating Nathan's aunt, DCFS spokeswoman Veronica Resa said. The agency has not had prior contact with the family.

An unspecified number of other children in the home have been placed with family members under a DCFS-monitored safety plan, Resa said.

Park Forest police are investigating the incident.

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