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“Not on this block:” Woman’s body found inside home as police searched for child abuse suspect

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police say a woman's body was discovered inside a home near 47th and Brentwood during an investigation into child abuse.

Police said around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 24th, they were searching for a child abuse suspect alleged to have previously struck a five-year-old family member, causing serious injuries and hospitalization.  The suspect was believed to be armed with a firearm and inside of a residence.

The "Tactical Enforcement Unit" and crisis negotiators responded to the scene and entry was made into the home.

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A deceased woman was found in the residence and her death is being investigated as a homicide.

The suspect in both the child abuse and homicide is a 49-year old man and has been arrested by Milwaukee Police in Racine County.

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The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, some said they were surprised by the tragedy that unfolded in their neighborhood.

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"Not on this block. Not in this neighborhood. It's very scary.  It's a lot going on and I don't know what to make of it," Linda Howell said.

"Chaos really -- the way they had all the police out here," Dion Griffin said.

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Howell and Griffin live just down the road from where this happened.

"I heard something go 'pow,'" Griffin said. "I said it sounded like a gunshot, and then I heard it again.  I wouldn't suspect anything like this to happen in this neighborhood."

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Other neighbors said the family that lived in the home under investigation was new to the block.

"They always looked really happy. It never looked like there was any distress in the family," Nicole Zaffke said.