Police investigating homicide of baby girl

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – The death of a 16 month-old baby girl has been ruled a homicide, and detectives are working on several leads to identify her killer.

The infant, named Nayla J. Hodnett, was brought into the emergency room at WCA Hospital in Jamestown Wednesday night by her mother and was later transferred to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where she succumbed to her injuries.

An autopsy performed Thursday afternoon at ECMC determined the baby girl’s death was a homicide; she died of blunt force trauma. Investigators say they are following several leads and are currently conducting interviews.

Jamestown Police Capt. Robert Samuelson said, “This is a very unusual and difficult case. It’s been many years since we had something of this caliber, involving a child. And anytime you deal with any kind of a death of a child, whether it be through accident of homicide, it’s obviously going to be difficult for anybody to deal with.”

The child lived on Newland Avenue in Jamestown with her mother. Police say the mother’s boyfriend occasionally stayed at the home.

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A second child, who is 3-years-old, has been removed from the home by Child Protective Services. Police would not say if CPS has been called to the home in the past.

Capt. Samuelson said, “And we’re looking for information from the public, from anybody who may have information on this, as far as the events leading up to the child being taken to the hospital, or information that they may know of, regarding the situation.”

Anyone with information about this case or the child’s death can leave a confidential tip for Jamestown Police by calling 483-8477.

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