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PD: Mom, boyfriend in custody after 5-year-old girl found at Michigan motel dies

Posted at 6:23 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 09:23:47-04

REDFORD, MI — Police in Michigan say a mother and her boyfriend are in custody after a 5-year-old girl was found unresponsive inside a motel on Tuesday evening.

Redford police were called to the Inn America Tuesday morning for reports of a child not breathing. They transported her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to the medical examiner, the 5-year-old's death is being ruled as a homicide, and preliminary results show she died from blunt force trauma.

An adult was in the room with the child according to police, but their relationship isn't known.

WXYZ in Detroit spoke to a woman staying in a motel room nearby. She said the fire trucks and police cars woke her up Tuesday.

"My room is all the way in the front. They’re all the way in the back. That why I ain’t know there was nothing going on until I got up and seen some of my neighbors and they explained to me what was going on," she said.

The little girl was staying at the motel in suburban Detroit with her mom and brother according to the motel's owner. He wasn't able to say for exactly how long.

Redford police said the prosecutor's office is aware of the investigation.

Capt. Al DiPrima told WXYZ all people related to the case have been interviewed and accounted for.