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Neighbors react to 4-year-old's death in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - A four-year-old girl is dead, family members say it was intentional, and neighbors are distraught.

Police were called to an apartment complex in Waterloo. That's where they found four-year-old Gracie Buss unresponsive.

She was taken to the hospital, where she died of her injuries.

Amanda Harrison lives nearby and says she woke up to fire trucks and police cars in her neighborhood.

"All of the sudden it pulled out, and as it was pulling out I just got a really sick feeling in my stomach, like I knew something wasn't right," said Harrison. "And I didn't hear anything about what was going on around here until all the little kids were coming here talking to me about it all."

Four-year-old Buss, who lived in the apartments, was taken away and brought to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Family members confirm she died from her injuries, and according to a GoFundMe page created by her aunt, she says someone intentionally hurt her niece.

"That just doesn't happen on accident at all in that intensity," said Harrison. "It's sad. It's so, so sad."

She said neighbors are shocked and saddened to hear this could happen to a little child.

"You know, maybe if she was out and about, she wouldn't have been around," Harrison said. "She's sitting there hurt, and that could have been any of our kids."

Police won't tell us what led to Buss's injuries, but there is an active investigation.
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