Dodge City 3 Year-Old's Death Ruled Homicide

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Authorities have ruled the death last month of a 3-year-old Dodge City girl to be a homicide.

Natalie Pickle was flown to a Wichita hospital on Nov. 19 with undisclosed injuries. She died the next day.

The Dodge City Police Department said Wednesday that a forensic pathologist performed an autopsy on Natalie's body and determined foul play was involved.

Police Chief John Ball says the department is now investigating the incident but wouldn't disclose if investigators have a suspect or the nature of the child's injuries.

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