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FBI investigates death of 2-year-old Idabel girl

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Family members confirm 2-year-old Peyton Cockrell is the child whose death on Indian trust land in McCurtain County is the one the FBI is investigating. (Photo source: Jessica Mulligan) Family members confirm 2-year-old Peyton Cockrell is the child whose death on Indian trust land in McCurtain County is the one the FBI is investigating. (Photo source: Jessica Mulligan)
Family members say 2-year-old Payton was full of life and had participated in several beauty pageants. (Photo source: Jessica Mulligan) Family members say 2-year-old Payton was full of life and had participated in several beauty pageants. (Photo source: Jessica Mulligan)
Brittany Cockrell, with daughter Payton and her cousin Dakota with his mother Jessica Mulligan. (Photo source: Jessica Mulligan) Brittany Cockrell, with daughter Payton and her cousin Dakota with his mother Jessica Mulligan. (Photo source: Jessica Mulligan)
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IDABEL, OK (KSLA) -

The FBI is investigating the death of a 2-year-old Idabel girl whose death has been labeled as suspicious, and possibly the result of a sexual assault.

Family members have identified the girl as Payton Mariah Cockrell.

McCurtain County Sheriff's Office confirms that they were notified of the death following a 911 call Tuesday afternoon, but the investigation has been turned over to the FBI because the death happened on Indian trust land, which is federal property.

Jessica Mulligan, who says she is Payton's aunt, says Payton was left by her mother Brittany at her boyfriend's grandmother's house, and at some point in the afternoon, the boyfriend called Brittany and said that Payton was not moving. That's when Brittany called 911. The boyfriend also reportedly called 911, and EMS units were dispatched to the home.

Rick Rains, spokesperson for the FBI field office in Durant, OK could only confirm that they are investigating the suspicious death of a 2-year-old girl, and that sexual assault may have been a factor.

Rains has not confirmed reports that a man being held by the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office on unrelated charges is a suspect in the girl's death, or that anyone at all has been identified or arrested in connection with the case.

Meanwhile, devastated family members are remembering a little girl who was full of life, and had participated in several beauty pageants. "I still can't believe that my two-year-old niece is gone," says Jessica Mulligan. "Wish she was still here with us, she was a little angel."

A makeshift memorial is expected to be set up in downtown Idabel for the little girl for those who wish to leave flowers and pay their respects.

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