OLYMPIA, Wash. (KCPQ) -- Prosecutors say a 3-year-old Bellingham girl was shaken to death, but her cause of death has not been released.
According to Bellingham Police, a woman called 911 the morning of Nov. 27 to report a child possibly choking on something. The child, 3-year-old Hazel Homan, was taken to St. Joseph's and treated for hypothermia. Staff also found she was suffering from a brain bleed.
She was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where doctors told investigators the toddler appeared to have symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. Doctors said there were no signs of choking and they suspected abuse. She died on Nov. 30.
Investigators said they believe the child had been the victim of a pattern of abuse, as evidenced by healing broken bones, other injuries and reports from Child Protective Services. Investigators say the physical and emotional abuse started happening sometime after June 2019 when Hazel was returned back to her dad after being placed in CPS custody.