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Perry County deputies launch investigation into death of 8-year-old girl

Perry County deputies launch investigation into death of 8-year-old girl
By: Carly O'Keefe

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. - The Perry County, Illinois Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of an 8-year-old Pinckneyville girl with disabilities.

Family members and teachers tell us the 8-year-old could not walk, talk or eat on her own. She was on a feeding tube, but could lift and move her head.  Beyond her disability, we are told she was otherwise healthy. The girl was found dead at 7:28 a.m. May 9.  at her home in Pinckneyville.

Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman couldn't tell us much about the investigation except his department always investigates child deaths, no matter what the circumstances. Deputies are interviewing the little girl's family members and teachers.

The Perry County Coroner' office is waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause of death. Officials say they are waiting for the official cause of death to determine whether or not the 8-year-old's death is suspicious.

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