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Martinsville Neighbor Talks About Child Death, Other Critical

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Martinsville, VA - More information has been released Tuesday night about the two children found unresponsive in Martinsville Monday.

Police were called to Dunlap Street Monday morning and found two girls aged 5 and 2, unresponsive. The 5-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after.

The two young girls who lived in the Dunlap Street home have become more than neighbors to residents there.

"I played with the kids. I've kept the kids," said a neighbor.

One man, who didn't want to be identified, says his home was always open to the two little girls.

"Makes me feel real sad because I used to keep those kids. They come over here and play with me, call me Uncle," said the neighbor.

Martinsville Police found the pair unconscious when they arrived to the house. An hour later, 5-year-old AahLayah Martin, was pronounced dead. The 2-year-old was taken to Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital, listed in critical condition.

"I'm really sad about what happened. Real real sad," said the neighbor.

 Neighbors say they have their suspicions.

"Somebody said they got ahold of some pills," said a neighbor.

Police will not confirm the cause, however, until an autopsy and further investigation. They have released that the girl's mother was home at the time, along with other adults.

"We have the Department of Social Services working with us on this so...we'll sit down and talk and go from there," said Interim Chief Eddie Cassady, Martinsville Police Department.

As of Tuesday, Police do not know the current condition of the 2-year-old, but they do say that anytime a young child is dead, they consider the death to be suspicious.

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