Desperate Search Underway for Toddler Who Vanished While Playing in Yard

Little Semaj Crosby was last seen Tuesday evening.

Search teams are desperately looking for a baby girl who disappeared while playing outside her Illinois home, authorities said.

One-year-old Semaj Crosby was with a group of about a dozen kids gathered in the yard of a Joliet subdivision. The toddler’s parents were outside working on their car.

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The family called the Will County Sheriff’s Office at 6:30 p.m. to report their daughter missing. “The family had been looking for her for an hour and a half,” Public Information Officer Kathy Hoffmeyer told Wednesday.

More than 80 people are now searching for the child, aided by bloodhounds and drones. An all-night canvas of the neighborhood using a helicopter equipped with an infrared and heat-seeking device found nothing, authorities said.

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The child was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt with a cat face on it, and dark jeans. She has multiple ponytails with white beads.

Police asked residents within a five-mile radius to search their homes and properties for the little girl. A pond in the neighborhood was also being searched Wednesday.

There is no apparent sign of foul play, Hoffmeyer said. "The family is fully cooperating with us," she said.

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