Heartbroken cops leave emotional gifts at memorial for slain NYC girl

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Heartbroken NYPD cops left a teddy bear and flowers Friday at a makeshift memorial for the abused 7-year-old girl found dead in her Bronx home.

Four shaken officers arrived at the Mitchel Houses in two squad cars to leave the tokens of mourning and reflect on the tragic death of Julissia Batties.

The lifeless little girl was found battered, including with severe abdominal injuries, and with past evidence of physical trauma, cops said.

Officers left the items at a memorial for Julissia Batties.
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The four officers left a teddy bear with a “rest in peace” note.
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Julius Batties at the Memorial for his daughter.
Julius Batties at the Memorial for his daughter.
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One of the officers who stopped by the memorial in her building Friday brought a bouquet of multicolored roses to mark her passing.

His male colleague also left a brown teddy bear with a heart attached to one of its feet.

“It was just sad what happened,” one of the cops said. “We wanted to do something.”

Both men made the sign of the cross before standing silently at the vigil for several minutes.

Julissia Batties
Julissia Batties was found with severe abdominal injuries.
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The officers also left flowers at the memorial area.
The officers also left flowers at the memorial area.
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Julissia’s body was discovered Tuesday morning inside mom Navasia Jones’ 10th-floor apartment at the NYCHA housing project.

Her 17-year-old half-brother later admitted during police questioning that he had struck the child several times in the face when their mother went to the store around 5 a.m.

Police sources later said those blows were not what ultimately killed her.

Hours later, the girl started throwing up and went unconscious, prompting her mother to call 911.

Yolanda Davis holds a picture of her granddaughter.
Yolanda Davis holds a picture of her granddaughter.
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Batties' half brother admitted to police that he hit the young girl in the face.
Batties’ half-brother admitted to police that he hit the young girl in the face.
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Batties' death has now officially been ruled a homicide by police.
Batties’ death has now officially been ruled a homicide by police.
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She was rushed to Lincoln Hospital but could not be saved.

Her father, Julius Batties, visited the memorial in the building’s lobby Thursday and said he and his mother, Yolanda Davis, fought to gain custody of the doomed girl.

“I begged them not to give Julissia back to her mother because when she got mad at my son, she’d take it out on my granddaughter,” Davis told The Post.

The case has been ruled a homicide.

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