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17-day-old child dies of injuries in Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS — A 17-day-old girl died Monday, three days after the Kannapolis Police Department began investigating a report that the child had been assaulted.

The Department of Social Services reported to the Police Department on Friday that the girl, who lived in Kannapolis, may have been assaulted. 

The child was initially taken to Carolinas Medical Center Northeast then later transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main. 

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.  

Officers with the Felony Investigation Unit of the Police Department are collecting evidence and interviewing people who may have knowledge of the incident. 

No further details were released.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Kannapolis Police Department at 704-920-4000. The public can also send messages through the department’s social media sites, @kannapolis911 on Twitter or Kannapolis911 on Facebook.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, people with information can also contact Cabarrus Area CrimeStoppers at 704-93-CRIME or www.cabarruscrimestoppers.com. Information that leads to an arrest can qualify the tipster for a reward of as much as $1,000. Calls, texts and emails are masked and cannot be traced.

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