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Police: ‘4-year-old girl dies after ‘systematic’ abuse

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Roseville Police Department and Child Protective Services are conducting a joint investigation after a 4-year-old girl, “an apparent victim of child abuse,” died from her injuries last week.

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On May 3, Roseville police were called to St. John Hospital in Detroit on a report that the girl was “near death.” According to a Roseville Police Department statement on the investigation, police learned that “the child had a multitude of current injuries and evidence of past injuries that are consistent with a systematic pattern of abuse.”

The investigation was initiated at that point. The girl was not expected to survive that night, but did. She died the next morning.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office ruled that the girl died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen, and classified her death as a homicide.

No one is under arrest as yet. Ultimately, findings will be presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, which will make a decision on whether to file charges.

jdickson@detroitnews.com