Girl killed, woman arrested; Milwaukee police investigate

Milwaukee police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl on Milwaukee's north side.

Investigators say the girl died of blunt force trauma following an argument.  Police records show a 46-year-old woman was arrested.

Many are mourning her loss. A small memorial sits outside a home at 44th and Hampton-- a reminder of the tragedy that happened there the night before.

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"I work with children every day, that’s what I do for a living. It’s just heartbreaking to see this," said Christopher Johns.

Investigators say the girl, identified as Jada Clay, was found dead inside the home Thursday.

"It is disturbing to me that another young life was lost here in our city. My heart and my thoughts and my prayers certainly go out to the victim and their family," said Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson.

Milwaukee police records show a 46-year-old woman was taken into custody for physical abuse of a child causing death. Her relationship with Clay is unclear.

Milwaukee Public Schools confirmed the 10-year-old was a student at Samuel Clemens school. The school district issued a statement saying, in part: "Her energy, active listening, and sweet disposition are just a few of the things that will be missed by her principal, teachers, and fellow classmates."

As the investigation into her death continues, a neighborhood – and city – mourn the loss of another young life taken suddenly.

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"The violence, especially against children, has to stop. It just has to," said Johns.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 414-224-Tips or P3 Tips Apps.

Full Statement from Milwaukee Public Schools: 

"Milwaukee Public Schools joins our Samuel Clemens School community in mourning the loss of Jada Clay. Her energy, active listening, and sweet disposition are just a few of the things that will be missed by her principal, teachers, and fellow classmates. We offer our sincerest condolences to Jada’s family, friends, and everyone who knew her best."

"Also—please note that school and district counselors and staff are available to support those who are dealing with this unfortunate loss."


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