UPDATE: 8-year-old’s death caused by respiratory failure in part due to blunt-force trauma, KCSO says

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UPDATE: The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has announced that 8-year-old Ger’Mya Amirah Alexander’s cause of death was hypoxic respiratory failure due to the combined effects of acute bronchopneumonia, sickle-cell trait and multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. The manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KGET) — A man accused of killing an 8-year-old girl in Bakersfield has been arrested in Inglewood.

Clint Mason was arrested Thursday morning at a Motel 6 on suspicion of murder in the child’s death. He will be transported back to Kern County.

Mason is the boyfriend of the victim’s mother, according to a family member.

Police were called to a residence on San Dimas Street on Wednesday morning and found the girl unresponsive. Life-saving efforts were begun and the child was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Coroner’s officials identified the girl as Ger’Mya Amirah Alexander.

Alexander’s family has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral services. You can donate to the fund at this link.

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