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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 7:49 am | Updated: 7:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating whether foul play was involved in the death Tuesday of a 5-month-old girl on a county island in east Mesa.

Deputy Doug Matteson, sheriff’s spokesman, said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the baby’s body.

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“We can’t rule (foul play) out yet,” Matteson said. “That’s why it’s going to become a medical examiner’s case.”

The girl’s body was removed from a home and placed in a medical examiner’s van about 9:25 a.m. at 211 N. 96th St., north of Apache Trail.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call from the house at 3 a.m.

Matteson said investigators are questioning the four adults – two men and two women – who were living there.

The baby’s mother was in jail Monday night on an unrelated matter.

As investigators worked at the scene Tuesday morning, two toddlers in diapers played with deputies in a sheriff’s SUV.

Deputies held the toddlers and gave them plastic fire hats to wear.

Matteson said investigators were still trying to sort out the relationships.

“We know a lot of people are living either in the residence or back part of the residence,” Matteson said.

The house is surrounded by boarded-up and abandoned homes and has an industrial-sized trash bin out front filled with trash.

Check back with evtrib.com for more details as they become available.

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