It is often the case that the people most in need of protection are those who are most vulnerable.
That is what happened in the case of a 7-year-old girl who was found dead in a backyard at the home of her mother in the suburbs of Chicago.
Police say the body of the girl, whose name was not released, was discovered by a neighbor after the homeowner reported seeing a naked body in the yard.
The victim’s mother, a single mother, was taken into custody by officers and charged with second-degree murder.
Police said she also faces a charge of sexual abuse.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says police were called to a home in the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue at about 5:45 p.m.
Monday for a report of a naked corpse.
The child’s mother had fled the home, police said.
Guglielsi says that a search of the home turned up a body.
He says the victim was later identified as the daughter of the mother.
A witness told police that the mother had been at the house for about 20 minutes when she heard a commotion outside and saw a woman with a child in her arms and a man in a blue shirt on the porch, police reports state.
Gudlielsia says the woman had been on her way to work and was not in the house when she went to check on the girl.
Gudlielmsi says police believe the woman knew the mother, who was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and has a history of mental illness.
Chicago has a large number of homeless people, many of whom are transient and in need, and a number of homicides.
A report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that Chicago has the third-highest homicide rate in the country.
The child’s death has led to a number a protests in the city, including one in front of the mayor’s office where people held signs reading “Help us get this girl back,” according to NBC Chicago.