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HAMMOND — A 5-month-old baby girl's death is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said. 

Anayelli Avina was pronounced dead at 7:32 a.m. Saturday at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

The medical examiner ruled she died from blunt force injuries to the head in a homicide. 

Hammond police were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago in reference to an infant brought in by ambulance from a home in the 6400 block of New Hampshire Avenue in the city's Hessville neighborhood, according to police and Cook County records. 

The mother of the child called 911 and stated something was wrong with her baby, according to Hammond Police Lt. Steven Kellogg.

He said the Hammond Fire Department transported the baby to the hospital and notified the Hammond Police Department. She was later transported to University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, where she died Saturday. 

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Three other children were present inside the infant's home. They have been removed and are considered wards of the state at this time, Kellogg said. 

Kellogg said police are actively pursuing charges but declined to offer specifics. 

The case remains under investigation and additional details will be released when they are available, he said.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.