DETROIT (WWJ) – Homicide detectives are investigating after a Detroit woman was found dead inside a home on the city’s west side, and her infant daughter was taken to a hospital.

According to Detroit police, the mother of the 31-year-old victim came by to check on daughter, concerned that she’d been unable to reach her since last Thursday.

That’s when she discovered the body at the home in the 4,000 block of Hazelwood St., near 1-96 and Joy Road. She called police who rushed to the scene.

“The officer found the victim lying face down upstairs, unresponsive,” Detroit Public Information Officer Nicole Kirkwood told WWJ. “Medic units were called to the scene and, unfortunately, they declared her as deceased.”

Detroit detectives investigate outside the home where a woman was found dead. (credit: Jon Hewett/WWJ)

Detroit detectives investigate outside the home where a woman was found dead. (credit: Jon Hewett/WWJ)

The victim’s 8-month-old daughter, who was found dehydrated in the home, was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Police said blood was found near the woman’s body, but they’re not saying how she may have died.

A man who witnesses spotted leaving the scene may be a person of interest as an investigation continues.

Neighbors talking to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Jon Hewett said it’s an ex-boyfriend that police are looking for.

“I know the grandmother saw him when she arrived here. She was the one that called the police — the grandmother did,” said a woman, who didn’t want to give her name. “And, you know, she was trying to stop him from leaving. He left anyway and she called the police. The police arrived about five minutes later.”

The victim’s name was not immediately released.


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