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DA investigating death of 4-yr. old Mt. Juliet girl

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The young girl was rushed to Summit Medical Center on Thursday with injuries serious enough to have her flown to the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and to raise questions about child abuse. She died from her injuries on Friday.

“Everyone is talking about it and everyone is scared,” confessed an Autumn Ridge neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous. “Rumors are flying: we don’t know if the parents did it or not. There are people at the (Providence) pool with kids who’ve been to see (the mother), who works in a pediatric office in Lebanon. And (the family is) gone. There’s no one at the house. I can understand if they’re trying to protect their family, but we’re all left here, that little girl is dead and no one knows who did it or what happened.”

The neighbor added that the child was adopted from China, and that the father had been “in our houses selling Girl Scout cookies.”

“One of the neighbors has a child who took karate lessons at the same place,” the neighbor said. “She seemed happy.”

The neighbor said the little girl was rushed to an ambulance by an EMT who is new to the neighborhood.

“He said he didn’t have the equipment with him to take care of her, and she had to get to a hospital. We don’t know who called the police or what happened, but we’re all very concerned about some information that has been leaked to us but I won’t even talk about.”

Tom Swink of the DA’s office said Tuesday that the matter is “an ongoing, multi-agency investigation” and could offer no other information.

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