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Durham family struggles with loss of 4-year-old 'wild child'

Posted September 26, 2014

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— Family members and police had no comment about how 4-year-old Armani Hodges died Thursday night, but all involved agreed that they'd mourn the loss of the girl who embodied the "Wild Child" shirt she wore.

Police were called to the family's apartment in the 700 block of Falls Pointe Drive at about 8:45 p.m. and found Armani unresponsive. Medical personnel attempted to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

L'Cristi Sellers, Armani's aunt, remembered her Friday as "just full of life. Full of energy. Just a bubbly little girl."

"She fell and hit her head. I really don't know no heads or tails of it. I want to know what's going on. That's my 4-year-old niece, and she's gone and I just don't know," Sellers said.

Police didn't say Friday whether they suspect foul play in Armani's death, and they had not charged anyone in the case.

Sharon Warren, Armani's grandmother, said the family is waiting for a medical examiner's report.

"I just want answers. Answers to everything, answers to what happened," Warren said.


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  • Djofraleigh Anderson Sep 26, 2014
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    "Full of life" and "Bubbly" would have more kindly described the girl than "wild" of her t-shirt, don't you think?

  • Naysayer Sep 26, 2014

    You can clearly see the pain in that man's eyes. Hopefully this is just an accident.

  • Elizabeth Deaver Sep 26, 2014
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    Kids fall and hit their heads all of the time, with not much of a consequence. This is worrisome.

  • Lorna Schuler Sep 26, 2014
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    I second that.... HUH???? Whatever are you talking about Gen Youine?

  • Tammy Rush Sep 26, 2014
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  • USMC Vet Sep 26, 2014

    Neglectful mother and abusive step-father located, charged and jailed, but the whereabouts of the little girls is still not known.
    Praying they are safe and are found soon.

  • Megan Alto Sep 26, 2014
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    Armani was a beautiful little girl, horrible situation if she feel and hit her head. What a sweet little face!

  • outdoor592000 Sep 26, 2014

    Precious little girl..............so sad.

  • USMC Vet Sep 26, 2014

    Such a sweet little face. Prayers for her loved ones.

  • tking282 Sep 26, 2014

    so sad...