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Roseville police believe 4-year-old girl's death was no accident

Chief says autopsy suggests girl was punched in midsection

ROSEVILLE, Mich. – A 4-year-old girl died last week after she was rushed to a hospital with stomach pain in Roseville. 

The girl's mother and her boyfriend were at the home on Galloway in Roseville with two other children -- a baby and another child around 9 or 10 years old. Those children have been removed from the home. 

Police said both the mother and boyfriend have separate lawyers, which has slowed down their investigation into what led to the girl's death. However, police said the autopsy speaks volumes.

"The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office did an autopsy and they did in fact confirm that the child died as a result of blunt force trauma inflicted by someone," said Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. "More than likely caused by a punch, but there is really no way to positively confirm that. But the (child) took a massive blow to the midsection, which injured several internal organs. Very heinous, is how it was described to us."

Police said the blow was enough to lacerate the girl's liver and rupture her spleen.

When investigators started asking questions, officials said the parents immediately hired lawyers. But neighbors who know them well said they don't believe they could have done this.

Neighbors described the girl as clumsy and said they witnessed her fall down the front steps and fall out of a tree. They also said social services has been called to the house a few times in the past year.

Police haven't officially charged anyone in the case. When Local 4's Jason Colthorp spoke Monday to the girl's mother and her attorney, they didn't know the case had been ruled a homicide. They declined further comment.

Police continue to investigate. No arrests have been made. 

Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit for updates to this developing story.

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