Updated 06/21/2012 09:09 PM
New Paltz PD: Toddler's death was a homicide
Police continue to search the area of a New Paltz home where a two-year-old girl was found dead. Police are now treating the case as a homicide after autopsy results show the little girl died from blunt force trauma. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more.
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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- Police spent Thursday searching for answers as they try to figure out what lead up to the death of two-year-old Asia Perez-Medina. Autopsy results show the little girl died from blunt force trauma.
“At this time, a forensic team from State Police is gathering evidence and continuing with the search warrant,” said New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder.
Wednesday Police were called to the home on Route 32 by family members who reported the toddler missing. She had been staying at the home with her aunt and uncle.
“When police arrived, the girl had been located by the family members prior to our arrival just before police got there. When police arrived, they noticed the child was not responsive,” said Snyder.
Unresponsive and in the hands of her aunt, who told police she found the little girl outside the home.
“It’s unknown at that time if the child was breathing or not. When the officers got there, the child was not. They did attempt to resuscitate the child as the rescue squad arriving at the scene, with negative results,” said Snyder.
And now New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder says they are continuing to conduct several interviews to iron out the details. Several family members gathered at the New Paltz police station, but declined to comment.
“We’re following up with a lot of leads as well as the New York state forensic unit gathering a lot of evidence to be determined,” said Snyder.
And the chief says with the work of investigators, he's confident he will be able to not only an arrest, but a successful prosecution.
“I would love for it to be now. I would love it to have been yesterday, but we are actively working on it,” said Snyder.
Asia was from the Dominican Republic and had been staying here with her aunt and uncle since January. She was due to return home in July.