2-year-old girl's death is ruled a homicide

FORT WORTH -- A 2-year-old girl died Friday morning, two days after being hospitalized with severe injuries from an apparent beating.

Brelynn Nobles was pronounced dead at 12:52 a.m. at Cook Children's Medical Center.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office has ruled her death a homicide caused by "internal hemorrhaging associated with shock." It attributed the internal hemorrhage to "blunt trauma to the abdomen suffered during an assault by another person."

Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said Brelynn has four siblings, three of whom lived in the same home. She said the agency has placed those children -- a 4-year-old twin boy and girl and a 1-year-old girl -- with a relative.

"They are all in fine health," Gonzales said. "They don't exhibit any signs of having been abused or neglected."

According to a Fort Worth police report, officers were dispatched to a home in the 5900 block of Wilkes Drive about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters informed officers that the girl had head trauma and was being taken to the hospital, the report states.

Sgt. Chad Mahaffey, a police spokesman, said the crimes against children unit is investigating the death.

"They are continuing their investigation and interviewing the child's caregivers," Mahaffey said. "Additional information will be released as soon as it's possible."

Gonzales described Brelynn's injuries as "severe."

"She did have internal injuries. She also had some extensive bruising to her body as well," she said. "Some of the bruising seemed to be in the healing stages."

Gonzales said the family had no history with CPS.

DEANNA BOYD, 817-390-7655