UPDATE 11/17 10:30 a.m.: According to the Rochester Police, the Medical Examiner’s office has ruled Brook’s death a homicide.
The investigation is still ongoing, and no arrests have been made.
ORIGINAL: Rochester police are investigating a suspicious death of a 3-year-old girl from Greece who died on Monday.
The little girl’s grandfather is speaking out, and believes the girl was beaten to death.
“She had all kinds of markings on her face and stuff like that,” said John Geer. “So that was going on for a couple of weeks, and bruises – and new bruises kept showing up.”
Geer who is the grandfather of Brook Stagles, the little girl who passed away. He says Brook was in the care of her father at the time of the incident.
Brook was taken to the Rochester General Hospital emergency room for severe injuries to her face. According to her grandfather, the injuries were so bad, doctors thought she was in a car accident.
Geer says he reached out to Child Protective Services to report the abuse. He tells us it’s been difficult working with them.
“Not cooperating at all, has a very bad attitude,” he said. “Has a very bad outlook towards our family.”
We reached out to Child Protective Services here in Rochester, but they wouldn’t comment on this specific case.
However, the Rochester Police Department tells us that they’re in the early stages of this investigation and are waiting for a report from the medical examiner.
As for the next steps for the family, Geer hopes to get closure.
“Somebody definitely needs to be held accountable for this,” said Geer. “My main concern is burying my granddaughter, taking care of her mother, and making sure that justice is definitely served for Brook.”