By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO

A five-month-old baby girl’s death has been ruled a homicide and now the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is charging her father with her murder.

Brailynn Ford, of the 1000 block of Mosher Street, in west Baltimore was initially taken to the hospital with “trauma to her body” on Oct. 4, when police first saw her.

The death of five-month-old Brailynn Ford is being investigated by Baltimore Police as a homicide. (Courtesy Photo)

Three days later, on Sunday, detectives learned she had died from “traumatic injuries” to the body and her death was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner.

Anthony Ford, 21, the baby’s father was taken into custody, Oct. 11, and charged with murder, child abuse resulting in death, first and second degree child abuse, and first and second degree assault.

Initially, police did not release who had custody of Brailynn at the time she was taken to the hospital due to the ongoing investigation, but BPD did disclose she lived with her grandparents.

Brailynn’s grandfather, Damon Wilson Sr, told WBAL-TV, that Ford “looked like she wasn’t going to come home” at the hospital.

“I was so protective over her and I feel like in the one moment that I should have been protecting her, I couldn’t and there is nothing that I could do,” said Hazel Wilson, Brailynn’s grandmother.

“I need them to find out what happened to my baby; how the injuries occurred,” Wilson said.

There will be a balloon release 7 p.m., Oct. 11, at the corner of Mosher and Arlington.

Brailyn’s funeral is planned for Oct. 13.