Police probe child’s death

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Police are currently investigating the death of a 6-month-old Selma girl.

Although the cause of death is thought to be multiple fractures to the skull and brain hemorrhaging, according to hospital reports, the case is not being viewed as a homicide because of lack of evidence, Police Chief Robert Green said.

Children’s Hospital in Birmingham reported the child’s death to the Selma Police Department Friday, because attending physicians suspected abuse.

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State law requires hospitals, clinics, teachers, law enforcement and other officials to report abuse or suspected abuse to authorities.

The child had been transported to the Children’s Hospital on Monday, after she stopped breathing at Vaughan Regional Medical Center, according to police reports.

The injuries occurred sometime between April 1 and April 5, police reports said.

It is unknown whether the death will be declared a homicide.

Green did say the injuries are &uot;consistent with possible abuse, (but) right now it’s just a death investigation.&uot;

As such, Green was unable to comment on what caused the injuries.

Anyone suspecting child abuse should contact the Selma Police, the Sheriff’s Department or the child abuse hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.