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

Journee Blyden found unresponsive in Marion County

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. – The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl from Ocala.

Journee Blyden was found not breathing at a home on Hemlock Course Run last Tuesday. She had suffered head trauma.

Because of the severity of her injuries, she was flown to UF Health in Gainesville.

Her doctors deemed Thursday she had no brain activity and she died on Friday.

Witnesses said Journee was playing and accidentally fell out of her crib, according to MCSO. However, the Medical Examiner ruled Journee's death as a homicide.

Detectives are speaking with witnesses and following up leads.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Frank Scala at 352-368-3548 or you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP.