The death of 3-year-old Brielle Gage of Nashua, New Hampshire, last week has been ruled a homicide, officials announced Friday.
Attorney General Joseph Foster and Nashua Police Chief John Seusing said in a release that the state's chief medical examiner has determined that Brielle's cause of death was blunt force trauma, and her manner of death was homicide.
The circumstances that led to Brielle's death are still under investigation, Foster and Seusing said.
Nashua Police said they responded to a home at 14 Oak St. around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 25 for a medical call involving a 3-year-old female child, later identified Brielle, who lived at the home. She was taken to the hospital and declared dead a short time later.
Police had said initially that the circumstances that led to the child's death were suspicious.
The girl's grandmother, Sharon Boucher, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a funeral and memorial service. If enough money is raised, she said a tree will be planted and a memorial bench will be placed in a local park.
"We are devastated, naturally," Boucher told the Union Leader earlier this week. She said her son, Brielle's father, is still in mourning and is not speaking with anyone.