Coroner rules Warrensville Hts infant death as homicide

Coroner rules Warrensville Hts infant's death a homicide

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS - Police in Warrensville Heights are investigating the death of a female infant that the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office has ruled as a homicide.

The infant, identified as 1-year-old Morgan Dillard, was found unresponsive on Saturday at the Walford Apartment Complex. She was transported to University Hospitals' Ahuja Hospital and was pronounced dead. 

The Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy and ruled the death as a homicide. The cause was 'blunt impacts to the head and abdomen with fractures of the skull and hemoperitoneum.'

La'Shae Mitchell, the infant's mother, said she's still in the dark about what led up to her daughter's death.

She said she left her 15-month-old with a cousin while she went to work, but around 10:30 a.m., she received a phone call that her daughter was in the hospital.

"What was told to me still didn't sound right," Mitchell said. "Sometimes her cousin do get her because Morgan loved being around kids and that's where all the kids were at."

Warrensville Heights Police are continuing their probe of the case and consulting with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. 

In the meantime, Mitchell said she and her family can only pray and hold out hope that the truth will be revealed soon.

They've set up a GoFund Me page.

"That was everything and everything I could ask for was in her, that was my world," Mitchell said.

No charges have been filed against any person of interest.

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