Toddler’s death ruled a homicide caused by assault; person in custody

CHICAGO — An autopsy found 3-year-old Jesipel Aleman’s death early Sunday morning was a homicide caused by multiple injuries sustained during an assault; one person is in custody.

Officers responded to reports of a 3-year-old girl not breathing in a Little Village apartment around 1:10 a.m. Sunday, and pronounced the toddler dead at the scene.

Neighbors said the little girl’s family had lived for roughly three months, and they had heard loud fights from inside the apartment. Police interviewed many of the neighbors and took one person into custody.

Though residents say that they have long lived among violence, Jesipel’s death is beyond anything they are prepared to emotionally absorb.

Area Central detectives are investigating. One person remains in custody, and charges are pending.