CLEVELAND - The tragic death of a 2-year-old Cleveland girl was ruled a homicide Friday, and the child's mother has been charged with murder, Fox 8 News reports. A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office tells Fox 8 News it has been determined that young Alexandria Hamilton was the victim of a homicide. The official cause of death is thermal injuries. Authorities confirm that Alexandria's mother, Tyesha Hamilton, was charged Friday with one count of murder. The Cleveland Police Department says that it's believed the toddler found dead in a home was first injured at a suburban motel. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, paramedics were called to a home on Longwood Avenue in Cleveland. Alexandria was in full cardiac arrest. ............. Police arrested Hamilton on suspicion of aggravated murder. Warrensville Heights detectives said that they believe Hamilton injured the child at a motel on Northfield Road, possibly scalding her with hot water before taking her to the Longwood address. more here http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-2yo-abuse-dead-kf-txt,0,4487495.story =============== Child dies after Cuyahoga County officials reunite her, siblings with troubled mother; officials defend decision CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Before they returned four children to their troubled mother last year, Cuyahoga County officials said they did everything they could to make sure Tyesha Hamilton was ready to raise her kids. Hamilton completed parenting classes. She signed up for extra programs. She stayed sober and her drug tests came back negative, county officials said. And still, her 2-year-old daughter Alexandria died. The toddler had extensive burns over much of her body when she was found unresponsive by paramedics Wednesday evening at an apartment complex on Longwood Avenue. ..................... Kathi and Ollie Coffey cared for Alexandria and her three siblings from the time she was less than a week old and seemed as skinny as a string of spaghetti. They agreed to take the premature baby into their Euclid home a month after her brother and two sisters came to live with them because they didn't want the children split up. As with all the foster children the Coffeys took in, they knew the children would likely go back to their mother at some point. But when that time came, the Coffeys warned county officials against returning the children to Hamilton. "The county was telling us that she was doing what she was supposed do." Kathi said. The couple, who have been married nearly 30 years and have three adult children, had concerns after the children stayed with their mother overnight on several weekends in early 2009. The children were brought back to their house unkempt and told stories about their weekends that made them uneasy, the Coffeys said. One weekend Alexandria came home and her normally luminous gold-colored eyes were bloodshot. Kathi Coffey was told her the toddler fell from the top a bunk bed. She took her to the hospital but said doctors couldn't determine what caused the redness in Alexandria's eyes. Ollie Coffey, 61, said he insisted to the children's case worker that it was too soon for the children to return to their mother for good. "I kept telling them it's not time yet," he said. Forkas said the agency knew about the toddler's fall from the bunk bed. But one instance of bad judgement was not enough for social workers to keep the children from their biological mother, Forkas said. more here http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/02/county_officials_defend_decisi.html RIP, beautiful Alexandria :rose: You will be happy & safe with the angels forever now.