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Leesburg infant's death ruled homicide

LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- A medical examiner has determined the cause of death for a 10-month-old girl who passed away in October.

Devyn Ellis died of blunt impact head trauma, according to a D.C. medical examiner, and her death has been ruled a homicide.

The infant, according to Leesburg police, resided in the 100 block of Great Laurel Square, SE, in Leesburg, Va. Since the infant died in a D.C. hospital, the D.C. medical examiner performed the autopsy.

Police say they were notified after the infant was brought into INOVA Loudoun Hospital's Cornwall Campus on Friday, Oct. 3. The infant was then transported to Washington D.C.'s Children's National Medical Center for more serious treatment. It was there that police say physicians discovered suspicious injuries on the child and contacted Loudoun County Child Protective Services, which then contacted the Leesburg Police Department.

The infant was taken off life support at around 5:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 5 and died later the same day at around noon.

Neighbors said they learned of the infant's death Monday and didn't know whether they knew the child or family involved. Still they expressed concern.

"I have five children plus a grandson so it's really heart breaking to hear something like that," said Joan Goldfield. Molly Bogar, the mother of a 14-month-old said, "It's so crazy to think that it is something child abuse related that it happened right here."

WUSA9 came in contact with a woman who identified herself as the infant's grandmother. She would not speak on camera but said off camera that her son took great care of his daughter and that the infant was the first grandchild of the family.

The woman also told WUSA9 the infant was sick when her father and son took the baby in. Police would not confirm any of this information due to the ongoing investigation. The child also has a mother, according to police, but they would not identify this person.

WUSA9 obtained the search warrant and affidavit in support of a search warrant on Thursday. The affidavit says medical staff found that the baby had retinal hemorrhaging in addition to traumatic brain injury. The infant also had broken ribs, "some of which appeared to be old injuries that were healing." Family members told police that the injuries to her ribs were because "she likes to hit herself in the chest," according to the affidavit. The medical examiner found the injuries to be inconsistent with what the family members claimed, according to the affidavit.

Multiple items were seized during the execution of the search warrant, including medications, a bottle, a floor mat, an ear thermometer and a laptop.