9-Year-Old Girl Murdered; Step-Father Suspect Attempts Suicide

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Arson investigationOn Saturday, April 28, 2012, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to a parking lot located near the southeast corner of Woodruff Avenue and Willow Street to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with two bodies found that had been discovered by someone driving through the area.

When officers arrived, they learned that the body of a 9-year-old girl, who is not being identified, had been found on the ground in the parking lot. She had received lacerations to her upper body and been determined deceased at the scene by paramedics. The suspect, a male adult found near the victim, had sustained what detectives believe to be self-inflicted lacerations to various parts of his body. He was transported to a local hospital and is currently listed in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect and victim, both Long Beach residents, shared a parent/child relationship. It is believed that the suspect caused these injuries to the victim and then attempted to commit suicide. However, a motive is unknown at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.

The suspect has been placed under arrest and will be booked for murder pending his release from the hospital.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web at www.tipsoft.com.

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