Illinois

3 charged after child found dead in Chicago basement

  • This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Alyssa Garcia who was charged Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, with felony counts of concealed death and attempted residential arson in connection to the death of her 4-year-old son Manuel Aguilar. Aguilar's burned remains were found in the basement of a vacant house by Chicago Fire Department personnel. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Alyssa Garcia who was charged Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, with felony counts of concealed death and attempted residential arson in connection to the death of her 4-year-old son Manuel Aguilar. Aguilar's burned remains were found in the basement of a vacant house by Chicago Fire Department personnel. (Chicago Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Christian Camerena, who was charged Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in connection with the death of 4-year-old Manuel Aguilar in Chicago. Camerena was charge along with Aguilar's mother Alyssa Garcia after the Aguilar's burned remains were found in the basement of a vacant house in Chicago. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Christian Camerena, who was charged Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in connection with the death of 4-year-old Manuel Aguilar in Chicago. Camerena was charge along with Aguilar's mother Alyssa Garcia after the Aguilar's burned remains were found in the basement of a vacant house in Chicago. (Chicago Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Chicago police say three people are charged in connection with a dead child whom firefighters found after putting out a small blaze in an abandoned home.

Police said Thursday morning that 27-year-old Alyssa Garcia, 19-year-old Christian Camerena and a 17-year-old boy are charged with felony counts of concealed death and attempted residential arson. They are due in court later Thursday.

Police said the three were detained after officers responding to an arson call on the city's South Side saw them fleeing the scene. Officials say the three smelled like lighter fluid.

Firefighters found the body of 4-year-old Manuel Aguilar on Tuesday night, wrapped in a blanket that was smoking.

The Cook County medical examiner said an autopsy was inconclusive. Police say more charges are possible.