Memphis toddler dies unexpectedly, family & police seek answers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than 48 hours after a healthy toddler suddenly died, her family is still seeking answers.

At the NJ Ford Funeral home, Niquetta Smith was making arraignments for her granddaughter’s funeral.

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She is more concerned though with how her ‘little Amelia’ passed away just weeks before her second birthday.

“We do not know just yet actually the cause of Amelia's death,” said NiQuetta Baldridge Smith, Amelia's grandma.

The medical examiner told FOX13 that while an autopsy is complete, more tests are being done before the official cause of death is determined.

The funeral home told FOX13 that little Amelia’s body was not being released Monday because the death is still suspicious.

“It's not a good feeling. We just really want to know what happened to Amelia. We want to know,” said Smith.

Homicide detectives are investigating and have interviewed family members and people at Ridgecrest Apartments, but Amelia’s death is not a homicide.

It is still being considered a death investigation until the coroner determines the official cause of death.

So far, this year at least 77 children in Tennessee have died, according to the Department Child Services.

The state also noted that Tennessee has a higher child homicide rate than the rest of country.

Niquetta and her family are hoping their case does not fall in the homicide category, but more than that they are hoping for answers before they say goodbye to their angel.

“It's just a chain of emotions. It is just not a good feeling,” said Smith. “I got to go through another emotion to bury Amelia. It's hard.”

FOX13 will continue to follow this developing story.