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Colorado Springs police investigating death of 3-year-old girl

October 10, 2017 Updated: October 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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photo - Courtesy of the GoFundMe page.
Courtesy of the GoFundMe page. 

Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl who was found unresponsive in a Colorado Springs home last week.

Officers went to a home in the 3700 block of Ensenada Drive on Oct. 2 to investigate the circumstances that led Bella Ritch to become unresponsive. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

The Crimes Against Children Unit is leading the investigation, which is "customary in situations involving the unattended deaths of children," police said in a news release.

Bella attended Corpus Christi Catholic School in Colorado Springs, and the school established a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover expenses for her funeral, interment and columbarium site. The page has raised more than $9,000 - well above its goal of $5,000.

Karen Shannahan, admissions director, set up the page, writing: "Bella was taken from us too soon. She was a joyful child inside and out. Bella put a smile on everyone's face."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at 444-7000. To remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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