Investigators Label 10-Year-Old Girl’s Death ‘Suspicious’

HAWTHORNE (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives say they are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who deputies found unresponsive at her home in Hawthorne.


Sheriff’s Lt. Liam Gallagher said in a statement that deputies answering a 911 call came to the home at about 7:20 Saturday morning and found the girl, who she was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Gallagher says emergency room doctors indicated the girl may have been sexually assaulted.

He says preliminary findings from the coroner’s office are inconclusive and detectives are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but called the death “suspicious.”

Sheriff’s officials did not say who was in the house with the girl or release any other information on the death.

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