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Belleville Police Investigate Shooting Death of 5-Year-Old Girl

Belleville Police Investigate Shooting Death of 5-Year-Old Girl

On Monday evening, a young girl, aged 5, was fatally shot in Belleville. After being taken to Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Dariyah A. Lathan was pronounced dead at 7:16 p.m., as reported by St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. A gunshot wound ultimately proved fatal for her.

Officers from the Belleville Police Department were dispatched to a residence on the 800 block of South 88th Street at 6:31 p.m., according to Assistant Chief Mark Heffernan.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a vehicle associated with the residence speeding eastbound on West Main Street,” he said. “The vehicle was found to be transporting the victim to the hospital.”nHeffernan reported that despite medical staff’s best efforts, the girl ultimately succumbed to her wounds at Memorial.

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It is being investigated by detectives from the Belleville Police Department in conjunction with the Child Death Investigation Task Force, the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office, and the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Investigators do not believe there is anyone at large in this case at this point of the investigation,” Heffernan said. He explained that the inquiry is only getting started, so there isn’t much he can tell us just yet.

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