CHICAGO
01/13/2012 01:51 pm ET

Infant Scalded With Hot Water Dies, Prompting DCFS, Police Investigation

The death of a 6-month-old Chicago infant who may have been scalded by hot water has prompted a child abuse investigation against her South Side family.

Christina Thomas was hospitalized on Jan. 2 with second-degree burns over 30 percent of her body, reportedly after she was put into a bathtub filled with scalding hot water 11 days before, the Chicago Tribune reports. Shortly after Thomas was admitted to Loyola Medical Center, police say hospital officials notified the Department of Children and Family Services that they suspected the child was being abused.

Thomas died at 7 p.m. Thursday, but the cause and manner of her death are unknown, pending an autopsy, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. DCFS has not had any previous contact with the girl's mother, and said there are no other children in the home.

Police are also investigating the death.

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