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Sema’j Crosby Settlement

April 28, 2022

This month marked the 5-year anniversary of the death of 17- month old Sema’j Crosby, whose body was found stuffed beneath a couch in a cramped filthy home in Joliet Township. Read more.

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    Today, Chicago attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, founder of the Deratany & Kosner firm, announced that the case has settled.

    “After five years of litigation and far too many years that this family has suffered, I am happy to announce that we have settled the case for $6,450,000. No amount of money can possibly bring Sema’j Crosby back, but we hope that organizations such as Children’s Home & Aid, as well as other contractors with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, will abide by their contractual obligations to provide the best possible care for children. There was no reason Sema’j had to die, and the money that will go to her brothers and sisters will never ease the pain.”

    “We also believe that DCFS should have greater control of their contractors, and therefore we will continue to pursue a case in the Court of Claims against DCFS.”

    “Nevertheless, we certainly hope that Children’s Home & Aid moves forward, has learned from their mistakes, and will provide better training to their employees along with better oversight over children under their care. As one of the supervisors admitted, they took on too many cases and were overworked, and that is a problem. DCFS should monitor the amount of cases they give to a private organization. And, the private organization should not accept cases unless they can provide ALL services and comply with ALL DCFS regulations. We can only hope that more cases like Sema’j Crosby’s do not occur in the future.”

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