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Death of 6-year-old girl triggers investigation in Fitchburg

Fitchburg police blocked off a portion of Stoneybrook Road during an investigation on Tuesday.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Fitchburg police blocked off a portion of Stoneybrook Road during an investigation on Tuesday.

FITCHBURG — Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a 6-year-old girl who was found unresponsive at her home on Tuesday, according to the Worcester district attorney’s office.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said at an afternoon news conference that police responded to a 911 call on 139 Stoneybrook Road just before noon. Police found the unresponsive young girl and an injured young boy.

Both were taken to UMass Memorial Health Alliance, where the girl was pronounced dead. The boy, age 9, was transferred to a Worcester hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Early said.

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“We are very early in this investigation,” Early said. “The case is very active. A lot of moving parts are going on right now.”

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Early did not take questions at the conference.

Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest F. Martineau said the incident was not a random act.

“The public is not in danger,” he said at the news conference.

Later Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Families said the agency took “emergency custody” of the 9-year-old, leaving “no other children in the home.”

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The department “received a report of this tragic situation and is assisting law enforcement in this active investigation,” the spokeswoman added.

She would not comment further, citing privacy requirements and the investigation underway.

Fitchburg, MA - 4/10/2018 - Fitchburg Suspicious Death - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Emily Sweeney, Topic: 11Fitchburg Death, LOID: 8.3.2998834641.
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Fitchburg, MA - 4/10/2018 - Fitchburg police block off a portion of Stoneybrook Road at an active crime scene investigation involving a "suspicious death" at number 139. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Emily Sweeney, Topic: 11Fitchburg Death, LOID: 8.3.2998834641.
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Travis Andersen of Globe Staff contributed to this report.