Noelani Robinson's death officially ruled a homicide

The Milwaukee toddler went missing in March and was found dead in Minnesota.
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There's a new development in the shocking case of Noelani Robinson, the 2-year-old Milwaukee girl who was found dead in southern Minnesota several days after being reported missing earlier this year.

On Friday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced that her death was a homicide.

According to the bureau, medical examiners have found she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

In March, the girl's body was found wrapped in a blanket in a ditch on Hwy. 218 in Steele County, near Owatonna. 

She had been reported missing the previous week, after her mother was found shot to death in Milwaukee. 

The toddler was believed to have been taken by her father, Dariaz Higgins, who was subsequently arrested for the killing, along with another man. 

He has not been charged in Noelani's death, though the announcement of the homicide finding could change that. 

The BCA has turned the case over to the Mower County Attorney's Office.

Per ABC 6, the attorney's office said in a statement that it's "in the process of reviewing the material provided by the BCA related to the death of Noelani Robinson." 

"No further information is available at this time,” the statement concludes.

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