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No one arrested in Hawthorne girl's death

November 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
There were more questions than answers Monday about the death of a 10-year-old girl who was found in her Hawthorne home. Investigators say she may have been sexually assaulted and murdered.Deputies were called to her house on the 4800 block of West 132nd Street over the weekend.

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is not confirming a newspaper report that the 10-year-old girl was under their supervision when she passed away over the weekend.

Nobody has been charged or arrested in the case. Even though the sheriff's department has it listed as a suspicious death, everybody is waiting to see what the test results are from the coroner's autopsy so everyone can know what the exact cause of death was.

With tears flowing down her face and her voice cracking, off-camera, in front of her home, Amanda Cooper's mother said her daughter suffered from an incurable illness that claimed the life of another daughter. Her mother showed a stack of medical files belonging to Amanda.

It was Saturday morning, and she says Amanda was complaining of feeling sick. The mother then dialed 911. L.A. County Sheriff's deputies responded.

"They found an unresponsive 10-year-old female," said sheriff's deputy Lillian Peck. "She was transported to a local hospital where she later on died. Our detectives believe at this time that she may have been sexually assaulted."

That's a charge Amanda's mother strongly denies, saying her daughter was not sexually assaulted.

According to neighbors like Luis Rodriguez, the family moved into the neighborhood less than a year ago.

"I saw the little girl Friday afternoon," said Rodriguez. "She was playing with dolls outside. Never a problem with the family."

No one has been arrested or detained. The investigation remains open. It may take several weeks before the test results come back so the coroner can determine Cooper's exact cause of death.


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