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4-year-old girl dies, caregivers in custody

Milwaukee police said in a statement the incident happened near 22nd and National around 5 p.m. last Friday.
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Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 19, 2022

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say they are investigating the death of a 4-year-old Milwaukee girl, and her caregivers are now in custody, police say.

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) said in a statement the incident happened near 22nd and National around 5 p.m. last Friday.

The victim was presented at a local hospital for treatment, but she later died. Family identified the child as Kaliyah King Mage.

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Kaliyah King Mage

The suspects and the caregivers of the child, identified as a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman and a 29-year-old Milwaukee man, were taken into custody. Charges are pending review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, according to MPD.

Kaliyah’s family says she was a little girl filled with love.

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Kaliyah King Mage

“I love the ‘I love you tag’ game we would play,” said her grandmother, Patricia King. “I would tell her ‘I love you’ and she would say ‘no, Granny, I love you more’ and we would do like 30 minutes of that.”

The 4-year-old loved candy and chips, playing on her tablet and was looking forward to a unicorn themed party for her 5th birthday, just three weeks away.

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A vigil for Kaliyah King Mage was underway Monday evening.

“Birthday party coming up, Christmas coming up, and she got none of that,” said King. “None of that, and it's hurting."

As family members grieve the loss of a vibrant young girl, they continue to wait for answers.

"Who could do that to a kid, a child?” asked King. “Four years old. That’s a baby, come on now.”

Kaliyah’s teachers, family members and friends gathered on Monday with candles, stuffed animals and purple balloons to honor her life.

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