Police call death of girl, 5, in Roseburg 'suspicious'

Police call death of girl, 5, in Roseburg 'suspicious'
Roseburg police on-scene at an investigation of the death of a 5-year-old girl.

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Police are investigating the death of a 5-year-old girl Friday morning in Roseburg.

The investigation is taking place at a residence at  937 W. Elaine Ave., just south of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church off Harvard Avenue. The residence is in the HADCO low-income housing project.

According to the Roseburg Police Department, just before 5 a.m., officers and EMTs responded to a call about a girl who wasn't conscious or breathing.

Police said that paramedics attempted to resuscitate the child but were unable to revive her. She was declared deceased at the residence.

Officials told KPIC News that several people were in the house when paramedics arrived, and all of those people are being interviewed.

"It's not normal for a 5-year-old to just pass away," Roseburg Police spokesperson Sgt. Aaron Dunbar said. "We're here for a reason."

Dunbar called the death "suspicious."

Police expect to release more information this afternoon. STORY UPDATE