Mom wants justice in toddler's dog death

December 9, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Her plea comes as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services launches an investigation into the girl's death.

"I want justice for my baby. That's all I want... is justice," said mom Kashairah Gardner.

Jah' Niyah White was Gardner's only child. And two weeks before Christmas she had already gotten her many toys. Now she wants to donate those gifts to other children.

On Saturday, the 2-year-old died at Jackson Park Hospital. Relatives say she was being cared for by her maternal grandfather, who has two dogs, at his apartment in East 91st Street.

"There are so many unanswered questions; we just really want answers. We want justice for our baby. I want justice for my baby. We want justice for our baby," said Lakeeta Gardner, maternal grandmother.

Chicago police reported the girl had head trauma and are investigating it as a non-criminal death investigation And the Cook County medical examiner reports it as a homicide, saying the girl had multiple injuries, including evidence of a dog attack and neglect.

"A 2-year-old girl cannot do anything to anybody to make someone do this to her," said Britt Williams Nelson, paternal grandmother.

The Department of Children and Family Services has opened an investigation.

"We are looking at the grandfather for allegations of abuse as part of a larger investigation, just trying to find out what happened here. How did this child die?" said Karen Hawkins, DCFS.

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