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The Daily Mail
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
A two-and-a-half-month-old baby has drowned in a bathtub after her mother allegedly left her alone to make a coffee.
Julia Duda was unresponsive when her mother, who reportedly has depression, returned to the bathroom around 10.10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The mother called 911, and authorities rushed the child from the home on North Nagle Avenue in Chicago, Illinois to a nearby hospital.
Scene: Baby Julia Duda was found unresponsive in the bathtub by her mother at their home on North Nagle Avenue (pictured) in Chicago, Illinois
But Julia was pronounced dead at 10.39 a.m. at Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center, the medical examiner’s office told WLS.
She died from an apparent drowning. An autopsy carried out on Thursday was inconclusive as police continue to investigate the incident.
Julia’s mother, who has not been named [the woman is Dorota Duda, 30], was in police custody on Thursday evening, the child’s father said.
Police said the mother had left her newborn daughter unattended while she was bathing so she could make herself a coffee.
Stanley Duda said a wake for his daughter was scheduled for Friday.
‘It’s a tragedy beyond words,’ he told WLS. ‘I’m just speechless. When someone brings this up, I just can’t talk.’
‘Neglect’: The mother allegedly left the baby alone to make a coffee
Tragedy: The baby was pronounced dead at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, pictured, half-an-hour later and police are now investigating
He added that his wife ‘suffers from depression’.
The girl’s mother faces allegations of neglect that are under investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The agency has had no prior contact with the family, spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said.
Another child has been taken from the home and is in the care of relatives and Area North detectives are investigating.