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Uncle charged in connection to little girl's death

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Bear Creek apartment complex, Bedford Heights Bear Creek apartment complex, Bedford Heights
BEDFORD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, a two-year-old girl's death has been ruled a homicide.

An autopsy will be conducted Monday to determine a cause of death for little Kayla Turner.

Bedford Heights police tell 19 Action News Kayla's uncle, Denzel Turner, 21 called 911 from his apartment at the Bear Creek complex around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Turner reported the little girl had struck her head and was breathing slow and unresponsive. EMS rushed the child to Bedford Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Assistant Chief David Leonardi with the Bedford Heights Police Department says, "The paramedics and the hospital staff observed numerous bruises that were not consistent with the injuries stated in the 911 call."

Police say Kayla has been in the custody of her uncle for about a week, her mom is living in a homeless shelter. 

Turner, is now charged with felonious assault, endangering children and domestic violence. Additional charges are possible after the Medical Examiner completes the autopsy.

The police investigation is ongoing.

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