Death of missing 2-year-old, believed to be Noelani Robinson, ruled homicide

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) - UPDATE: The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office said that the manner of death for missing toddler, preliminarily identified as Noelani Robinson, was homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.

The victims' family has set up a GoFundMe page.

Authorities say a body found in Minnesota matches the description of a 2-year-old girl whose mother was killed in Milwaukee this past week. The body was found wrapped in a blanket Friday night.

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spokesman Bruce Gordon said Saturday the body has been preliminarily identified as Noelani Robinson.

Gordon says the body was found in Steele County, Minnesota, south of Minneapolis. He says the Minnesota agency is waiting for formal identification and preliminary autopsy results from the medical examiner.

Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales said in a press conference Saturday morning that they will be waiting on an autopsy to know more but it appears the child did not die withing the last 24 hours but rather, has been dead for a longer period of time.

Authorities had asked "the entire nation" for help finding Noelani after the arrest of the girl's father, who is suspected of fatally shooting her mother in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales said Friday the suspect, Dariaz Higgins, has been providing police with information on the whereabouts of his daughter, but it all has "proven to be untrue."