DEVELOPING NEWARK NJ: Investigation Into Death of 8-Year-Old Girl Found Inside Newark West Ward Apartment

The death of an 8-year-old girl found inside a Newark West Ward Apartment this afternoon has detectives from The Essex County Prosecutor's Office investigating.

There are very little details on what "officially" caused the death of the child that emergency responders pulled from a second-floor apartment at 1041 South Orange Avenue at Sandford Avenue shortly before 1:40 p.m.

EMS rushed the unconscious and unresponsive child to University Hospital where the girl died according to reports.

A spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office would only confirm an active and ongoing investigation at that location.

The identity of the child has not been officially released at this time.

ECPO UPDATE 9:02pm: Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose have announced that authorities are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl in Newark earlier today.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., Newark Police and EMS were dispatched to an apartment in the 1000 block of South Orange Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child.

The child was taken to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 2:16 p.m., according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly.

This matter is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department.

The cause and manner of death will be determined by an autopsy performed by the NJ Regional Medical Examiner's Office, according to Fennelly.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

This information is developing.