Investigation continues into death of 6-year-old

PAGE – Page Police and Coconino Sheriff’s department are investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl.

The girl’s babysitter took her to Banner Page Hospital. The child showed no signs of trauma but was unresponsive. Her unexplained condition prompted staff to notify authorities.

Chief Drew Sanders says it’s standard routine for hospitals to notify authorities when a child’s death is unexplained.  The cause of death is still unknown.

According to Sanders, it takes a few days to complete the autopsy. Because of the investigation, it will take longer before the public sees the results.

Page Police and Coconino County Sheriff’s Department were on Tamarisk Street Friday night. A section of the street was blocked off with yellow tape. Sanders was on the scene and said it was too early in the investigation to make any determinations.

In a phone call with the Chronicle Monday morning, Sanders confirmed a search warrant was obtained and potential evidence was gathered but there are no suspects or persons of interest at this point. The investigation is still in the exploratory stage. Sanders says cases like this are “a lot of work.”

Sanders also expressed concerns about rumors circulating in the community and said the Page Police will release information as the investigation moves forward. There were no arrests or charges reported at press time.

The Chronicle received several conflicting reports from Page residents.

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