6-year-old girl found dead in Lansing-area fire; person in custody

DELHI TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A person of interest is in custody after a 6-year-old girl was found dead in a Delhi Township apartment Tuesday night.

The girl was found when rescue crews from Delhi Township Fire Department and the Ingham County Sheriff Department responded to a fire at 4330 Keller Road, according to a statement from the departments Wednesday. Firefighters extinguished the fire and found the girl's body inside the apartment.

The fire is being investigated as arson and homicide, the statement said. Michigan State Police are assisting in the investigation.

An autopsy for the girl is expected to take place sometime Wednesday.

Further information on the person of interest was not immediately available.

In an email to parents Wednesday morning, Holt Public Schools Superintendent David G. Hornak confirmed the victim was a student in the district.

He said an elementary crisis team will be available to students, faculty and staff. The district will observe a moment of silence Wednesday morning in honor of the victim.

“I will be creating a gofundme account once the identity of the victim has been released,” he said in the email.

On Tuesday, Ingham County Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Hull said one person had been injured in the fire and taken to the hospital. He said the fire was contained to one apartment at Old Orchard Apartments, but smoke spread throughout the building.

Numerous police and fire vehicles were at the complex on Keller, east of Cedar Street. The entrance to one of the apartment buildings and part of a parking lot were sectioned off with crime scene tape.

Some tenants who gathered outside the building said they were told they would not be allowed back in their apartments on Tuesday night.

Tracy Haywood, who lives in the building where the fire occurred, said the blaze happened in a first-floor unit. She came home after the fire started and was not allowed to go inside. American Red Cross workers were there to assist tenants with lodging for the night, she said.

Pam Spalding, property manager for Old Orchard Apartments, said of the 12 units in the building, only one was affected by the fire. She said residents can return to their units.

Lansing State Journal


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