Police Continue to Investigate the Homicide of a Jamestown Baby

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

...
April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, NY (WKBW) Jamestown Police continue to investigate the homicide of a sixteen-month-old baby girl.

An autopsy revealed Nayla Hodnett died yesterday as a result of blunt force trauma. Jamestown police say they’re still far from making an arrest tonight.

“I wish I could sit here and tell you that we’re close, but there’s still a lot we have to do,” said Captain Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department.

Police have already collected evidence from the home on Newland Avenue in Jamestown where the baby lived with her mother, mother’s boyfriend and their three-year-old son.

In addition to conducting multiple interviews with neighbors and family members, police say they believe cell phone usage and social media played a role in Hodnett’s death.

“I still believe that the person’s responsible for this reached out to someone via text message or telephone and described the sequence of events, asking for some kind of help,” said Samuelson.

The couple is being questioned by police. According to neighbors, the baby had broke her leg a few weeks back. Neighbors tell Eyewitness News that child protective services has regularly visited the victim’s household.

“It was never dealt with,” said Geneva Bell, a neighbor who lives two houses from the Hodnett house. “CPS has been called a couple times but dismissed the case.”

While this investigation is still underway, police are urging anyone with information to call the confidential tipline, 716-483-8477.