By CBS Baltimore Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) — Detectives in Baltimore are investigating the death of a 5-year-old girl earlier this week as a homicide, police announced Wednesday as the city marked its 300th homicide this year.

Officers were called to a Northeast Baltimore home Monday evening for a report of an unresponsive 5-year-old girl, police said in a news release. Officers tried to render aid to the girl and medics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

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The girl, identified as Nivea Anderson, had bruising on her face from prior abuse, police said, and homicide detectives assumed control of the investigation.

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Mayor Brandon Scott expressed his outrage as the city recorded the 300th homicide of the year.

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“This number provokes more than just pain and disappointment over the sheer loss of life; it forces us to think about the families and communities that will forever be impacted by this heinous cycle of violence,” Scott said in a statement.

CBS Baltimore Staff