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Hawthorne girl dies; Sex assault suspected

November 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl found unresponsive at her home in Hawthorne, authorities said.Lt. Liam Gallagher of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that deputies found the girl when they responded to a 911 call in the 4800 block of West 132nd Street about 7:20 a.m. Saturday.

The girl was unconscious and rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

It is unclear why 911 was called or who called.

Gallagher said emergency room doctors indicated she may have been sexually assaulted.

The coroner's office's preliminary findings were inconclusive, officials said.

Detectives are waiting for the results of an autopsy, but called her death suspicious.

Officials did not say who was in the house with the girl at the time.

"I see them just about every day," said Edward Williams, who owns a nearby store. "I'm just surprised and kind of shocked."

Anyone with any information about the girl is asked to call the sheriff's special victims bureau at (866) 247-5877.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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