JOLIET – Three of four women authorities suspect knew how 17-month-old Sema’j Crosby died will speak at a press conference in Chicago.
Darlene Crosby, Sema'j's grandmother, Tamika Robinson, Darlene's friend, and Lakerisha Crosby, Sema'j's aunt, will speak about the case at 6:30 p.m. at New Generation Harvest Church, 7300 S. Ashland Ave in Chicago.
According to a news release from Freedom First International, the women are “claiming their 100% innocence” and hope telling their story will push the Will County Sheriff’s Office's investigation forward.
At least one of the three women, along with Sheri Gordon, Sema’j’s mother, knows “exactly what happened” to Sema’j and how her dead body got under a couch in her home in the 300 block of Louis Road in Joliet Township, Detective R.J. Austin of the Will County Sheriff's Office has previously said.
Sema’j disappeared on April 25 and her body was found under the couch about midnight April 27.
All four women have retained attorneys.
Gregg Greer, founder and president of Freedom First International, the organization hosting the three women at the church, said the press conference is being held because the three women “want their story told” and that there’s been “a lot of pressure in the air.”
“They want closure. They want to help get it resolved in any way possible,” Greer said.
Greer said he’s been advocating for Sema’j’s father, James Crosby, and seeking justice for Sema’j’s death for several months.