Police in Virginia say a 17-month-old girl has died after being assaulted at a Richmond hotel.
The girl’s mother, Aija Brown, tells news outlets that Nariah Ivy Brown died on Friday, May 10, after being sexually assaulted two days earlier.
She says she left her daughter in a motel room with a man she trusted and returned to find her daughter wounded. She says Nariah was then hospitalized.
“A person of interest was taken into custody, but charges have yet to be announced,”.
The little girl’s aunt says the girl’s mother, Aija Brown, had left her with someone she knew and trusted in their motel room. She returned to find her baby had been horrifically assaulted. She rushed Nariah to the hospital, where she later died.
A vigil was held for the toddler on Tuesday night at Forest Hill Park. The family is looking for donations and started a GoFundMe page to help and afford funeral expenses.
The page added, “she had plenty of different loving personalities and loved to dance. Nariah Ivy Brown will be truly missed.”
“Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children (a referral can include multiple children),” according to Child help.
Nationwide, an estimated 1,720 children died from abuse and neglect in 2017, a decline from the 1,750 children who died from the same in the previous year.
Of the abused children, 25 percent were younger than 1 year old. Another 52 percent were between 1 year old and 5 years old.