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5-year-old girl’s death puts Baltimore at 300 homicides in 2021

BALTIMORE — Detectives in Baltimore are investigating the death of a 5-year-old girl earlier this week as a homicide, police announced Wednesday as the city marked its 300th homicide this year.

Officers were called to a Northeast Baltimore home Monday evening for a report of an unresponsive 5-year-old girl, police said in a news release. Officers tried to render aid to the girl and medics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The girl, identified as Nivea Anderson, had bruising on her face from prior abuse, police said, and homicide detectives assumed control of the investigation.

This marks the seventh straight year Baltimore has recorded more than 300 homicides.

Mayor Brandon Scott expressed his outrage in a statement.

“This number provokes more than just pain and disappointment over the sheer loss of life,” Scott said, “it forces us to think about the families and communities that will forever be impacted by this heinous cycle of violence.”