FARGO — The Fargo Police Department is investigating the death of a toddler whose family members say suffered severe abuse at the hands of a person she was left in the care of.
Officers responded to a report of an unconscious and unresponsive 15-month-old girl at a residence in the 2300 block of 17th Street South late Friday night, Nov. 20, the Fargo Police Department said in a news release.
Emergency medical responders performed life-saving measures on the girl at the scene and took her to a local hospital, police said. A family member, who identified the girl as Meka Carrillo, 15 months old, told WDAY she died on Tuesday after several days on life support.
Detectives are investigating the death and are waiting for autopsy and toxicology results that police said will help them determine if a crime was committed. Detectives are working closely with the family in their investigation.
The family member, who said she is familiar with the circumstances leading up to the 15-month-old girl's death, said the toddler was left in the care of a trusted person while the toddler's father was in jail.
The family claims that the toddler had been abused and described the death as cruel and heartless.
Police have not reported making any arrests in the case as of Wednesday afternoon.
The family has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses incurred from this tragedy.