Police: Baby's death ruled a homicide; mom, boyfriend are possible suspects

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Posted on February 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 11 at 4:24 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Louisville Metro Police detectives are investigating the death of a 6-month-old girl from brain injuries.

The girl's death is now being investigated as a homicide.

Police say her mother and the woman’s boyfriend are possible suspects but have not been charged at this time.

Whitney Phillips, 21, and James Jones, 25, were arrested for trafficking a controlled substance after a search warrant was served to their house at the 3700 block of Vermont Street.

Six-month-old Ariah Phillips died on Monday from trauma to her head and brain at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Detectives say they found crack cocaine in the couple’s home and say they may have had other children.

 “The fact that a child is dead is tragic enough but with the situation going on there Child Protective Services will become involved. Hopefully we’ll get this resolved with whatever good conclusion we can come to. I can tell you its very taxing to detectives working on baby investigations. Most of us have kids ourselves and it’s hard to imagine and see children or imagine a child was harmed in that manner,” said Lieutenant Barry Wilkerson with LMPD’s Homicide Unit.

Wilkerson goes on to say that this case is far from being over. Detectives may have other persons of interest and will be investigating who had cared for or was in contact with the baby girl before she died.

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