Florida City Police are investigating the death of an infant that was reported missing earlier on Saturday.
Investigators said officers responded to reports of a missing female infant from a home on the 900 block of W. Palm Drive at 12:20 p.m. Shortly afterward, the infant was found unresponsive in a ditch close to the residence, police said.
The infant was taken to Homestead Hospital where she died, police said.
Community members had spent Saturday searching for the child after she was reported missing.
"We all looked," said a woman named Miss Hope. "We went around the parks, even though we knew she couldn't walk that far."
"She didn't deserve this," Miss Hope said. "Everybody loved her. Nobody knew what she could become. They cut her life short."
The girl was found just around the block from where she lived, neighbors said.
"I see a lot of police coming and ambulance coming and take the baby," said Alal Hussein, who works at the gas station across the street from where she was found.
Loved ones said she was last seen with her mother's boyfriend. The circumstances surrounding her death are still under investigation. Police did not say whether the child's death was being considered accidental or if foul play was involved.
Stay with NBC6.com and NBC 6 South Florida for updates.
More on NBC6.com:
- Man Eats 25 Crab Claws in 17 Minutes in Keys Contest
- Woman Pushes Ex-Girlfriend Out of Moving Car: Deputies
- Thousands Gather in Sea of Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness