WATERLOO | Authorities are investigating the case of a Waterloo girl who was found unresponsive over the weekend.
Paramedics and police found 4-year-old Gracie Buss unresponsive when they were called to her Downing Court apartment at 2 a.m. Saturday. The child was taken to Covenant Medical Center and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where she is reportedly on life support.
Waterloo police confirmed they are looking into the girl’s injuries but declined to say anything else. Capt. David Mohlis said the Iowa Department of Human Services was notified, and Gracie and her 11-year-old brother were turned over to the agency.
A relative has set up an online fundraiser for what are expected to be funeral expenses.
“The prognosis is grim, and we are faced with the difficult decision as to when to let her go be with God,” said the fundraiser’s organizer, who identified herself as an aunt. "Her organs will be donated to precious children in need of the gift of life."
Funds also will go for clothing for the brother, who hasn’t been able to retrieve his belongings from the apartment because of the police investigation. The aunt said a relative now has custody of the brother.
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Mohlis said police have been holding the residence since Saturday as part of the investigation. He said Tuesday afternoon the girl was still alive.
The aunt’s fundraiser posting said family was told Gracie was injured in a fall down the stairs, but she isn’t sure what happened.
On Tuesday, neighbors said they didn’t know what had happened.
“I hope she’s OK. She’s a sweet little girl,” said one neighbor, who declined to give his name. He said the family had moved to the neighborhood about eight months ago.
Information on the fundraiser can be found at www.gofundme.com/vzjch9s.