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Death of girl found at baseball field considered a homicide

Girl's Body Found in Park

Authorities are investigating the death of a girl found in the dugout of a Sacramento baseball field as a homicide.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies identified the girl as 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam, an 8th-grader at Albert Einstein Middle School.

A woman collecting cans in Rosemont Park, along Americana Way, found the body about 6:30 a.m. in the dugout area of the baseball field.

Deputies say Jessica's body showed signs of trauma, but they would not elaborate.

The park is located  next to Albert Einstein Middle School. School district spokesman Gabe Ross said the district made automated phone calls to parents to alert them of the situation.

Sacramento police said their next step is to figure out how the body ended up in the dugout. Little league teams used the park Monday evening.

A groundskeeper at the park told FOX40 that he was there late Monday night and did not see anything suspicious. He believes the body may have been brought to the park early Tuesday morning.


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--Sam Cohen, Fox 40

Photo: Scene as police probe park. Credit: Fox 40

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