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Police: 5-Year-Old Girl's Death A Homicide

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- A 5-year-old child dies in Northwest Baltimore and city police say it was no accident.

Monique Griego reports her father is now charged with her murder.

Police aren't saying much about the case.  But they say it started with a frantic effort to save the little girl's life and is now a murder investigation.

Police say it happened in the 3400-block of Callaway Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. Police aren't releasing details about the case but say on Monday, a 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital and later died, the victim of a homicide.

"Police car was sittin' there but the lights weren't on. But I just thought they were looking around for somebody," said Clarence Hall.

According to court documents, her father, Mathew Carr, 22, was taken into custody on Tuesday. He's charged with murder.

Residents say this neighborhood is normally quiet and those WJZ spoke with were saddened to learn that a child had died.

"Who wants to hear about a child, you know, getting hurt or, you know, anything happening to 'em? You know what I mean, breaks anybody's heart who's got any heart at all," Hall said.

In addition to first-degree murder, Carr faces a host of other charges, including child abuse, assault and reckless endangerment.  Investigators haven't said how the girl was killed.

A preliminary hearing in this case is scheduled for March 27.

WJZ will keep you updated on this story as details are released.

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