UPDATE: Louisville man charged with murdering 3-year-old daughter
LMPD officers "responded to a call of a deceased child" around 5 a.m. Monday and found "a child deceased in what appears to be a homicide."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 3-year-old Louisville girl died late Sunday night and her father has been charged with her murder.
Chief Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer identified the victim as Sarai Stanford. An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday.
Spindle L. Johnson, 31, was arrested by Louisville Metro Police early Monday morning after officers were called to the Glen Hill Manor Apartments in southern Jefferson County.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the department's preliminary investigation shows that Johnson called the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office around 5 a.m., informing them that the girl was unconscious at the home, located in the 4100 block of Glen Hill Manor Drive.
The sheriff's department notified LMPD and Third Division officers arrived at the apartment and found the girl deceased from some sort of blunt force trauma, Mitchell said.
Johnson was arrested at the apartment and is now charged with murder.
Mitchell said the girl's mother was not home at the time and that she and the girl's father are "estranged."
Neighbors say they're stunned the victim is a child, but say drugs and violence have become all too common in the neighborhood.
LMPD's Homicide Unit is investigating the murder, but there are no additional suspects, Mitchell said.
Police say they do not know if drugs or alcohol were involved in this case, but one thing is clear: a 3-year-old girl has become Louisville's 57th homicide victim this year.
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