Kalamazoo Police investigate suspicious death of a young child

Kalamazoo Police investigate suspicious death. (Ray Hole WWMT)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Kalamazoo Police are investigating a suspicious death of a young child at a house on Mt. Olivet near Brook Dr. on Sunday.

Two people are behind bars as Kalamazoo Public Safety detectives investigate the suspicious death of a young girl.

Police said Kelly Ballinger, 33, the mother of the deceased child, and Matthew Longenecker, 34, Ballinger's fiance, have been arrested and both are facing felony assault charges.

Ballinger and Longenecker live at a home on the 3000 block of Mt. Olivet Rd. and shortly after 5 a.m. A 911 call for a medical rescue was made from inside the home.

Life-saving measures were attempted at the scene for more than 50 minutes before the child was pronounced dead. Police are not saying what lead to the death.

Police said they're waiting to contact the deceased child's father before releasing more information.

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