Death of 7-month-old Wellington girl being ruled as homicide

WELLINGTON, Kan. (KSNW) - Authorities have ruled the death of a 7-month-old Wellington girl as a homicide.  

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath confirmed with KSN that the autopsy report of Jesslinn Hulett shows she died from blunt force trauma, and her death is being ruled as a homicide.

Hulett was reportedly found unresponsive on the morning of April 1. According to the autopsy report, family members tried to revive the girl and brought her to a local hospital that same day. 

The child was later transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita where she remained unresponsive. The girl was pronounced brain dead on April 5 and died that morning. 

The full autopsy report also shows the girl suffered fractures to her ribs.  

Wellington police have presented the case to the Sumner County Attorney's Office. No arrests or charges have been made at this time. 

KSN's John Asebes spoke to the Jesslinn's grandmother Thursday night. 

"Somebody killed my baby granddaughter," said Dawn Long. "That's just all there is to it. Somebody killed her."

For Dawn Long, hearing that her granddaughter Jesslinn died from blunt force trauma and her death is being ruled a homicide is almost too much for her to take. 

"Somebody needs to pay for this. I mean it's just, I don't know, I don't know how to to react. It's just horrible. I don't know how anyone could do this to a baby," said Long. 

She's still trying to process everything, and for Jesslin being just 7 months old, Dawn says the little girl had so much life in her. 

"She was, she was happy," said Dawn. "She liked to feel things like all different textures, and she loved touching my dogs and feeling the cats and pulling their hair and pulling our hair."





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