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Vancouver man arrested in child’s death

5-year-old girl killed at local apartment complex

By Allan Brettman, Columbian Business Editor
Published: November 3, 2018, 11:33am

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of a 5-year-old girl in Vancouver.

Officers arrived at 5 p.m. Friday at the Madison Park Apartments, 12901 N.E. 28th St., where emergency responders were treating the girl for severe head trauma, according to a news release.

“The child had been in the care of her mother’s boyfriend, Ryan Burge, that evening and initial information provided to officers was the child had injured herself while having a tantrum,” the release says.

The child was taken to Peace Health Medical Center then, because of the severity of her injuries, transferred to Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland where she died, the release says. It does not say when she died.

Vancouver police arrested Ryan M. Burge, who is accused of second-degree murder.

“The investigation is ongoing and nothing further is releasable at this time,” the release says.

Columbian Business Editor