Officers responded to a residence around 1:19 a.m. in reference to an 18-month-old girl in cardiac arrest. The child, who police identified as Destini Bullock, was initially transported to Maria Parham Medical Center and then transferred to UNC Children's Hospital.
Police say the child died Friday afternoon and now the case is a homicide investigation.
Upon further investigation, officers determined the child had been abused. Details about Bullock's injuries will be released after an autopsy is completed.
Police charged 23-year-old Dontavious Washington with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and additional charges are pending. He was placed under a $125,000 bond.