Community desperate for answers after 2-year-old Kansas girl dies

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GARDNER, Kan. (KMBC) -

Crime scene techs were back at a home in Gardner, Kan., Wednesday after a little girl died there Tuesday afternoon.

Police are still calling the death of 2-year-old Presley Porting "death investigation" as they await an autopsy in her case.

Meanwhile, friends and neighbors are desperate to know what happened.

Almeda White lives right next door. She says she saw emergency responders arriving at Presley's dad and step-mom's home Tuesday. Then Presley's father came outside.

"He was bawling," said White. "He was bawling and he fell to the ground and I knew that it was not good."

Almeda says Presley has two younger half-sisters as well.

Presley lived with her mom, Stephanie, who is also waiting for answers about what happened to her little girl.

Police were originally called to the scene Tuesday after Presley was found unresponsive. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

White says while she wonders what happened - she has no qualms about the love the couple had for Presley.

"I would never doubt them. Definitely not."

Investigators are hoping an autopsy will provide them with more answers. Family and the community in Gardner are devastated.

A GoFundMe has been started to raise money for support for Presley's family. If you'd like to help, you can find the donation page HERE.

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