Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

A 4-year-old girl was found dead of blunt force injuries in New Orleans’ Central Business District, authorities said Tuesday.

The Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins and said she died in the 500 block of Canal Street on Saturday. Police didn’t immediately name any suspects or release additional details other than to say homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating. Public records show police encountered the girl while responding to a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal on Saturday at about 5:20 a.m.

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Attempts to contact Hawkins’ parents Tuesday were unsuccessful.

She was by far the youngest of three people reported killed Saturday in New Orleans. Eddie Profit, 23, was fatally shot at the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Jahncke Road in the Little Woods section of New Orleans

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