NEW JERSEY (WTXF) - Authorities say a woman has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of her daughter.
"Natalise spread your wings. We love you Natalise."
A grieving community gathered to say goodbye to a 4-year-old Camden girl who died yesterday.
"I'd say I love you. I love you too and I'm going to miss that. I'm not going to hear that no more," said Jessica Lightfoot.
Family of the little girl who they say is named Natalise Makayla held a vigil outside her home on the 1400 block of South 9th Street this evening. The news of her death is devastating. Her mother has been charged.
"A child so young. It just was like crazy. It's a big shock. I didn't know what to think. I kept crying and stop crying and kept crying again because I'm like she really didn't get to live her whole life," said James Gunter. He’s the victim’s uncle.
According to the Camden County Prosecutors Office the girl's mother, 20-year old Lucy Gunter is charged in her death for failing to seek medical attention for signs of injuries to her daughter.
Paramedics and police went to the home after a 911 call around 8 yesterday morning. They found Natalise unresponsive with injuries to her face. She died soon after at the hospital.
Jessica Lightfoot says she helped raise Gunter and her child.
"She's not a clean bill of health. Everybody goes through something in their life. She was just in a place where she felt like she was grown and didn’t need any help but she needed her family," she said.
The crowd lit candles and shared words about the little girl as they struggled to make sense of what they believe happened.
"I just really thank everyone for all the support that we're getting right now and all the love she shared upon us in many ways," said James Gunter. He also has a message for his sister who is now in jail.
"I do love you through anything and any mistakes you make," he said. “Something is going to come out of this and you need to speak up. Speak up," he said.
Family members say Gunter also has 2-year-old and one year old sons. She'll be in court for a hearing Friday which will determine if bail is set or not. It's also unclear who made the 911 call.