Last month's death of a 14-month old little girl in Springfield has been ruled a homicide according to Assistant Greene County Medical Examiner Tom Van De Berg.




VanDeBerg says Summer Lee Dunham (a.) died of a subdural hematoma ....or blunt force trauma to the head on August 11th, and that the manner of death is homicide. Little Summer suffered a two-inch skull fracture to the back of the head according to Van De Berg.

According to a news report by KY3's Sara Foretz, the little girls mom and her boyfriend told investigators that the toddler hit her head on a concrete step in front of a relatives house two days before her death.

Investigators say the toddler was found unresponsive in her crib at a home on North Fort and that the immediately thought that the circumstances surrounding her death, "were suspicious."

Police say two adults living in the house, the little girls mom A. D., and her boyfriend M. W., told cops they found the baby unresponsive just before 9:00 that morning. Both adults, who are currently on probation on charges not related to this case, were the only adults in the house along with Summers three year-old sister .

Summer was taken from her mother shortly after birth and placed in protective custody after the baby tested positive for marijuana. The little girls mother told authorities that she had smoked pot in the latter months of her pregnancy and that she had used meth in the first trimester while pregnant with Summer.

Summers mother pleaded guilty to charges of endangering the welfare of a child for using drugs while she was pregnant with Summers older sister A.D.

Both girls were placed in foster care for several month while their mother underwent drug treatment. She did have supervised visits with the children who were placed back in her care this past New Years Eve.

The Springfield News-Leader says that property seized during a search of the little girl's home shows police infant-care items, "a personal letter," a bank statement, hair samples from a wooden shelf and a baby bottle.

Summers older sister A.D. has been placed in protective custody.

The investigation into little Summers death is ongoing and no arrests related to her death have been made at this time.

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