3-Year-Old Bronx Girl's Death Ruled a Homicide, Cause Was Blunt Trauma

She died as a result of blunt trauma to the abdomen.

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    Police are investigating the death of a three-year-old girl in the Bronx. Her death was ruled a homicide. (Published Friday, Sept. 16, 2011)

    Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl in the Bronx who died as the result of blunt trauma to the abdomen.

    Authorities found India Durant after a 911 call Wednesday night of an unconscious child.

    Emergency personnel rushed Durant to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Thursday morning.

    Her father, Marquis Eaddy, said he told her goodbye at the hospital, rocking her lifeless body.

    "I told her to come back, 'Come back,'" he said.

    India was staying with her mother when she died. According to relatives, the mother's boyfriend was watching the girl alone when he says her high chair fell down.

    Her grandmother doesn't believe the story.

    "These internal injuries that she sustained, the child couldn't have just fallen off a chair," Sharon Eaddy said.

    The medical examiner ruled the child's death a homicide. The cause was internal injuries as the result of a blow to the abdomen with a blunt object.

    Police have not made any arrests and would not confirm whether the boyfriend is a suspect.

    Her father says the girl was quiet, with a shy smile, and says she took after him.

    "India, that was my heart. That's my angel, my first and only child," he said.