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5-year-old Springdale girl dead in ‘apparent homicide,’ coroner says

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 8:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 11:24 AM EDT
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SPRINGDALE, Ohio (WXIX) - A 5-year-old girl is dead in an “apparent homicide,” according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, and Springdale police say they are investigating.

Kaysen Blackshear of Springdale died Monday at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a coroner’s report shows.

Springdale Police Sgt. Mike Schulz says the investigation is in very early stages and he was not sure of her cause of death yet.

Blackshear had several injuries, Springdale Public Information Officer Keenan Riordan said.

“Her injuries were to her face, back, she had a chipped tooth. She had some swelling to the brain and she was unresponsive,” said PIO Riordan.

Sgt. Schulz declined to say when investigators think Blackshear sustained the injuries.

The girl lived on Chesterdale Court, according to the coroner’s report.

Police responded to Children’s Hospital just before 2 a.m. Saturday to investigate a “report of possible issue of child abuse,” according to a Springdale incident report.

A social worker told police the girl was transferred to the main Children’s Hospital in Avondale from Children’s in Liberty Township where she was admitted “as non-responsive,” the report states.

The social worker questioned the girl’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend but they “were unable to explain how the injuries occurred,” the report ends.

No arrests have been made, Sgt. Schulz confirmed and said he had no suspect information to release.

“We have people that we want to talk to,” Sgt. Schulz said.

Asked if any other children were impacted or hurt, he responded: “Not to my knowledge.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Springdale police at 513-346-5760.

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