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Offers of help pour in for girl found at motel

Calls and e-mails have come pouring in to human services officials as they continue to search for a home for the 3-year-old girl found Monday with her mother's corpse in a Salt Lake City motel room.

Utah Division of Child and Family Services officials have received more than 30 e-mails and phone calls from concerned citizens wanting to help the brown-haired girl who has now been identified as Cecelia, spokeswoman Carol Sisco said.

"Some are strangers that just want to help her. Others are people that just want to take care of her," Sisco said. "When something tugs at people's heartstrings, we really hear from them."

People offered everything from financial help to taking care of the girl, Sisco said.

DCFS is still in the process of conducting background checks and performing home studies of Cecelia's family members who have expressed an interest in taking care of her. Police contacted the girl's uncle, who lives in Salt Lake City, and grandmother shortly after Cecelia's mother, Louise L. Bass, 29, was found dead morning inside a room at the Super 8 Motel, 616 S. 200 West.

DCFS officials have also been in contact with old friends of Bass. One had some clothes belonging to Cecelia. Another had a piece of jewelry given to her by Bass several years ago that she now wants Cecelia to have, Sisco said.

"She's a very mature 3-year-old," Sisco said. "Her mom did some good things with her."

Salt Lake City police are still waiting for autopsy results from the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office, detective Dwayne Baird said. Police say initial indications are that Bass, who was diabetic, died of natural causes.


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