The mysterious death of a young child in the north side of Milwaukee over the weekend, in what appears to be a hammer attack, has sent shockwaves across the city.

According to Fox6 Milwaukee, officers were summoned to the area of 46th and Glendale around 8:30 am Sunday. Upon arriving at the crime scene, cops found the 12-year-old victim in a pool of blood due to life-threatening injuries caused by blunt force. The boy was immediately rushed to a hospital, but it was already too late and he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

While a further probe into the homicide is underway, neighbors expressed their dismay over the heinous crime.

An 8-year-old child was also attacked in the crime but was rushed to a hospital for the treatment of non-fatal injuries. He is said to be on the road to recovery.

Lewis Williams, a neighbor, who lived near the scene of the crime, spoke to the media outlet about the attack and claimed to have heard an altercation at around 7pm. He added that the argument seemed to have lasted till he went to fill up gas in his car at around 8:25pm.

Williams further revealed, as per local reports, that a man and woman were spotted outside shortly before the crime ensued. The woman reportedly tried to shove the children inside a vehicle when the younger child claimed to have been struck by a hammer. The couple drove away within minutes.

Investigators scoured the area for hours to gather more information, and join the missing dots. The situation appears to be a case of domestic violence. According to the Associated Press, the police are on the lookout for a suspect who was initially identified by police.

Tracey Dent, a community activist, maintained that it was about time the city offered more readily available mental health services. Officers have urged residents to come forward and report to the Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-Tips or P3 Tips App if they were to come across any information, Fox News reported.

The medical examiner stated that an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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