Investigation ongoing after child dies from suspected abuse
By Bria Brown
Posted May 17, 2017
ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Police Department dispatched investigators to St. John Hospital in Detroit May 3 for a report that a 4-year-old girl was near death and was “an apparent victim of child abuse,” according to a press release from police May 9.
The child lived with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and two siblings in the 29000 block of Galloway Street.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said May 10 that the child was transported to the hospital from an Outback Steakhouse restaurant.
“She was transported to the hospital from an Outback Steakhouse at 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. The child went into distress, and the mother works at Outback. The boyfriend took the child there for the mother to see her. While she was there, they thought she was having a seizure. They called for an ambulance, and the paramedics transported her to St. John’s on Wednesday (May 3),” said Berlin.
Police said it was reported that the child had multiple current and past injuries that indicated a “systematic pattern of abuse.”
Physicians attending to the child told officers that they didn’t expect her to survive the night, the release stated. The child died late in the morning May 4, according to police, and an autopsy was scheduled to be performed to find the exact cause of death.
Police said the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy during the late afternoon May 4.
The cause of death was blunt force trauma to her abdomen, and the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide, police said in a press release.
Roseville police and Child Protective Services have initiated a joint investigation that is “currently ongoing,” according to the release.
“This investigation is in the preliminary stages and we currently do not (have) anyone under arrest. This matter will be investigated thoroughly and completely before it is presented to the Prosecutor’s Office for any possible charges,” the release stated.
As of May 10, Berlin said there were “no updates” pertaining to the case.
About the author
Staff Writer Bria Brown covers Eastpointe and Roseville as well as East Detroit Public Schools and Roseville Community Schools for the Eastsider. Bria has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2016 and graduated from Oakland University.
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