Philly police investigating death of girl, 2, in Tacony

Philadelphia police are investigating the death of a toddler in the city's Tacony section.

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SHARRIE WILLIAMS: Developing now at 5:00, we are learning new details about what police call a disturbing case of child abuse. A two-year-old girl is dead, and two people are being questioned right now. Friday night, Rick Williams is off. Brian Taff is joining us. The big story on "Action News" is the new developments on this disturbing abuse case in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood.

BRIAN TAFF: Investigators wrapped up a news conference on this ordeal just moments ago. "Action News" reporter Chad Pradelli joining us now live in West Philadelphia. Chad, you've got the details here.

CHAD PRADELLI: Yeah, Brian. Police are calling this a horrific case of child abuse. According to a source, the little girl had bruises all over her body, burns to her head and genitalia.

Philadelphia police were called to the 6300 block of Marsden and Tacony yesterday afternoon with reports a two-year-old girl was unresponsive. The child was rushed to St. Christopher's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police are not releasing the child's name at this time.

JASON SMITH: Very disturbing case of child abuse. Child sustained horrific injuries.

CHAD PRADELLI: Investigators say the child was staying with her godmother at the Marsden home because her mother's West Kensington house on the 3300 block of Hartville had been without heat since November. Who is responsible for the abuse is still being investigated. No charges have been filed.

JASON SMITH: The mother maintains that she's made regular contact via Zoom calls, things of that nature, and stayed in constant contact with the godmother and her child.

CHAD PRADELLI: And the medical examiner still has not released a cause of death. Both women remain at the homicide unit and are being questioned by investigators. I'm live in West Philadelphia. Chad Pradelli, Channel 6, "Action News." Sharrie?

SHARRIE WILLIAMS: All right Chad thank you.