West Price Hill child's death under investigation

Posted at 12:49 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 18:48:11-04

CINCINNATI – Investigators are looking into how a 4-year-old girl died.

Police were called to Avery Hobbs’ West Price Hill home after she was discovered not breathing in a bathtub.

Avery was rushed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Friday night. She remained on life support over the weekend, but died Monday.

Avery Hobbs

The girl’s grandmother, Tammy Risen, recalled Avery as "a little jokester" who "would just laugh whole-heartedly."

Risen and Avery's grandfather, Jonathan Rise, said that not enough was done to protect Avery.

It's such a shame that a little girl like her couldn't grow up to be a beautiful woman," Jonathan Risen said.

Avery stayed with her grandparents for six months while her mother, Britney Roll, served six months for child endangering in 2011.

Risen said they tried to keep custody of Avery, but Roll regained custody after her sentence was complete.

"This could've been stopped," Tammy Risen said. "This could've been prevented if people would've listened."

No charges have been filed in Avery’s death. Police said they were waiting on the autopsy results before making any decisions on further action.