GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The death of a Grandville girl has been ruled a homicide years after and more than a hundred miles away from where she was abused as a baby.
Though they have a suspect, investigators on the other side of the state still haven’t made an arrest in connection to the death of Alexis Hargove.
Now, Alexis’ adoptive mom is fighting for someone to be held responsible.
“She was beautiful. She was perfect,” Kim Hargrove said. “She had little chubby cheeks and just beautiful curly hair.”
Hargrove adopted Alexis in December 2012.
“She was cortically blind. She had spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy,” Hargrove said.
Alexis suffered from a number of medical problems that left her wheelchair bound. Her tiny body depended on machines to eat and breath.
It was the result of abuse she suffered when she was two weeks old. Doctors diagnosed her with shaken baby syndrome in 2010.
“At that point, her brain was severely swelled. It shifted five and a half millimeters inside of her skull due to the swelling,” Hargrove explained.
Roughly five years later, Alexis’ brain gave out.
“Her brain injury was so severe that her small brain couldn’t keep up with her body when she was a baby and support basic body functions. As her body grew bigger, and she just turned 5, that her brain could no longer maintain her respirations,” Hargrove said.
Two weeks after her fifth birthday, she went into hospice. On Dec. 14, 2015, she died in Hargrove’s arms
“It was horrible. My world fell apart,” Hargrove said.
Her death was determined a homicide. The Kent County medical examiner told the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office that Alexis died of injuries that resulted from the abuse she suffered while in her biological parents’ care in Oakland County in 2010. An investigation at the time resulted in no charges even though authorities had a suspect.
So far, no one has been arrested for the homicide.
“It’s one thing to have a suspect. It’s one thing to know in your heart that somebody committed a crime,” Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said. “It’s another thing to prove it, and we have to have the proof in order to move forward.”
He said his department is working the case as a homicide investigation.
“I can tell you that it’s a priority case for our detective bureau and the detectives and the special investigation unit will continue to work the case,” he said.
The sheriff’s office is not sharing who the suspect is in Alexis’ case.