CLINTON — It may be another four weeks before a determination is made on what caused the death of a Clinton infant, DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice said Tuesday.

Four-month-old Emily Killian was taken to a local hospital after first responders were called to the family's home Sunday in the 400 block of South Jackson Street for a report of an unresponsive baby. The child was pronounced dead an hour later by the coroner.

Rice said an autopsy was conducted Monday at the McLean County coroner's office but "further studies and follow-up on the autopsy results," and toxicology test results will be compiled before final conclusions are released.

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Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers said Monday his agency is working with the coroner and Illinois State Police to investigate the death. The probe is considered a death investigation and not a criminal matter at this time, he said.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services confirmed Monday that the baby's parents, Eric and Sarah Killian, have been the subjects of prior DCFS investigation. The agency declined to disclose specifics of the parents' prior contact with child welfare workers.

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny


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