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Police seek felony charges after unattended 7-month-old girl dies

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Chicago Police report they are seeking felony charges against the mother of a 7-month-old girl who died after she was found unresponsive by a neighbor after her sister asked them for food.

Lamya Hampton was found wrapped in blankets and wearing a snowsuit, still in a car seat, in the apartment at 3:37 p.m. Wednesday in the 3700 block of West 13th Street. She was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 4:03 p.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said.

An older sibling of the girl went to a neighbor seeking food because there was none in the apartment, and then the neighbor discovered the infant inside.

"It breaks my heart to know that a baby has lost her life," building resident Patrice Watkins said.

Police could not say whether the apartment was heated. The girl did not appear to have frozen to death when she was found, which preliminary reports had indicated was a possibility.

Tyisha Kinsey, who lives across the street, watched as an ambulance brought the baby outside from the first floor apartment. Kinsey said the father of the infant was always around.

She said the mother had three daughters, the 7-month-old, a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old. The other two children were unhurt, but taken to Mount Sinai Hospital as a precaution, police said.

"She's a good person. I really can't understand how this happened. That's why it's so sad. God. She took care of those kids. I never seen her neglect them or anything," Kinsey, 27, said.

Authorities were still speaking with the baby's mother as of Wednesday night, police said.

"But I don't know if she left them alone or what. That's the big part I don't understand."

Kinsey said her apartment is managed by the same company as across the street and that she had no problems with heat.

"If her lights are on, then her heat is on. Her heat is electric."

Another neighbor saw the frantic aftermath.

"I was looking out my window and I saw the neighbor run out screaming to the ambulance… She was just flagging like, telling them to come," Tierra Stamps said.

Stamps did not want to show her face on television but she says she does know the family.

"I know it's a good family. I don't know the situation but I know it's a good family," Stamps said in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

"I'm at a loss for words… I know the family very well," Marquetta Brown said.

The apartment complex was blocked off by red police tape Wednesday evening. Children in upper floor apartments watched below as police cars guarded their building.

FOX 32's Tisha Lewis contributed to this report.

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