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PD: Girl probably dead 'for a while' before mom called 911

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Ryleigh Hatch, pictured, died Aug. 10 of an overdose of pain medication. Ryleigh Hatch, pictured, died Aug. 10 of an overdose of pain medication.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Two women accused in the death of a 9-year-old girl may have had the opportunity to save her life.

But, instead, they chose not to take her to a doctor, according to a report compiled by Las Vegas Metro police.

The girl's aunt, Mylynda Hatch, and the girl's mother, Kendra Hatch, are both being held without bail. They are charged with the murder of Ryleigh, who had broken her arm before taking pain pills.

According to the documents, Ryleigh's toxicology results tested positive for lethal levels of hydrocodone and oxycodone.

In the report, the girl's aunt and mother initially said they only gave her Tylenol and Motrin for the pain. At one point, they suggested Ryleigh may have stolen from the medicine cabinet. 

Kendra Hatch also told police that her daughter routinely takes medication for ADHD, asthma, allergies and "melatonin at night to help her sleep."

Investigators determined that it would have been very difficult for the girl to open a child-proof medicine bottle, especially while wearing a cast on her dominant hand. Eventually, the women confessed to giving Ryleigh the pills.

"She confirmed that they both knew that (Ryleigh) had not gotten into the medication, but in fact had been given it," the report stated. "She deliberately decided not to tell the truth as she was concerned that she and her sister would be in trouble."

Officers said they found out Mylynda and Kendra Hatch were at one point on their way to the doctor's office with Ryleigh, but, instead, they decided to turn back because they didn't want to get in trouble. The mother said she thought her daughter had been "overdosed."

At that point, Ryleigh was still alive. The mother said she was just very drowsy, so the family decided it would be better if she would just "sleep it off."

Ryleigh never "slept it off." The symptoms only got worse, forcing Kendra Hatch to call 911.

At least one paramedic reported that Mylynda Hatch was performing CPR when he arrived on scene, but it looked like it was way too late because Ryleigh's body was already stiff.

"He thought that (Ryleigh) had been 'down for a while' since there were signs of rigor in her jaw and extremities," read the report. "The child was found to be in an advanced state of rigor and beyond resuscitation."

That same paramedic reported overhearing the mother tell her sister, "I thought you said she would be OK."

Police said, when they arrived on scene, the house was a wreck and that there were pills all over the house.

"Some loose pills were found on the floors, mainly in Mylynda Hatch's bedroom," read the report. "There also was a pouch of various pills kept in a pouch on a table... readily accessible to all the children. None of the pills were clearly marked as to what they were."

Mylynda Hatch told officers she was a former EMT.

Ryleigh's paternal grandmother, Desire Island, told FOX5 there is no excuse for the mother's behavior.

"You could have saved that baby. You could have. She could be here today, but because you were selfish and did not want to get in trouble, you let her suffer. She laid there and suffered for two days," she cried. "She did not have to die."

Ryleigh was living on Duck Arrow Circle with her mother, aunt, maternal grandmother and maternal grandfather. Mylynda Hatch also had two minor twin daughters who lived at the residence.

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