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Death of 3-year-old rallies support from Rome community

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ROME, Ga. -- The funeral for 3-year-old Ella Camp is planned for Monday in Rome. 

She died last week, when she suffered severe injuries to her head. Police said they don't think it was accidental, but the results of the autopsy have not yet been made public. 

Police have also not yet named any suspects. 

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In the police report, is said Ella was wit her her mother's boyfriend, David Zachary Grisham at the time she was hurt. 

Just one day later, he was at the Floyd County Jail arrested for violating his probation on a DUI offense. Court records show he had just failed a drug test.  

Family and friends describe Ella as a beautiful little girl who loved everybody. It seems everyone in Rome loved her, too.

Throughout town businesses and family friends were raising money to help offset funeral expenses.

Tracy Swann started selling T-shirts to encourage people to pray for Ella when she was in the hospital. She was also trying to raise money so the family could pay for a hotel room and food, since the hospital where Ella was finally sent, was more than 60 miles from home.

"We've changed the design of the shirt from prayers for Ella to just Ella," said Swann.

The new shirt is purple, Ella's favorite color. Swann says the community's generosity has been heartwarming to both her, and especially the family. She recounted one particular donation from a young girl.

"She came up with her life savings in a piggy bank and put it in one of our donation buckets. What do you say to that?" questioned Swann fighting back the tears.

"Our focus is just Ella and love. Justice will take care of itself," Swann said.

If you'd like to help, Alfa Insurance offices in Floyd County are taking donations. 

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