Police in Louisiana investigating after 4-year-old dies of blunt force trauma

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NEW ORLEANS (WDSU) — The New Orleans Police Department is investigating after a 4-year-old died Saturday downtown

Police say around 5:20 a.m. on Saturday officers responded to a medical call in the 500 block of Canal Street.

In this incident, an unresponsive juvenile female was transported via EMS to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

The coroner identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins, 4, and said the cause of death was blunt force injuries.

NOPD said a joint homicide investigation involving the Homicide Unit and the Child Abuse Unit is now underway.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 504-658-5300 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

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