Death of child, 4, under investigation
By Tara Fasol-Chambers, The Southern
Friday, June 26, 2009 11:35 PM CDT
State and local officials are investigating the Monday death of a 4-year-old Shawneetown girl.
Jessika Rena James died about 4:40 p.m. Monday at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis from unspecified injuries suffered during the weekend.
Illinois State Police and Eldorado Police Department launched an investigation in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
DCFS Spokesperson Kendall Marlowe said an abuse investigation continues. Marlowe said DCFS has provided services to the family before after finding previous reports of problem in the home substantiated.
Jessika is the daughter of Brandi James of Eldorado and Eli Nipper of Harrisburg. Obituary information lists one brother for Jessika, although officials said no other children were living in the home at the time of the child’s death.
Services will be Saturday, June 27 at 2 p.m. at the Cox and Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown. Visitation will be Saturday at 11 a.m.