Investigators secured court orders for medical records and hotel receipts on Friday as the probe continued into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-month-old girl.
An order issued Friday gives investigators access to the medical records of Tania R. Coleman's three children, according to court records. Those children include 14-month-old Alayja Coleman, whose emaciated body was found stuffed in a suitcase near the family's upstairs apartment in the 700 block of East Eighth Street late Tuesday afternoon.
Alayja Coleman has been identified through court records unrelated to the Erie County Coroner's Office. Cook is withholding releasing her identity until he receives the results of DNA testing that will confirm the identity.
The girl's remains were in "very poor shape," Cook said Wednesday.
The medical records will be used to determine to what extent she had become emaciated, Cook said Friday. Investigators will also look for any variations in her medical history, he said.
Police filed criminal homicide and other charges against Tania Coleman on Wednesday night, accusing the 20-year-old of allowing Alayja Coleman to die from nutritional neglect.
Coleman's boyfriend, 20-year-old Xavier Hollamon, is accused of joining Coleman in concealing the girl's death and disposing of her body in a suitcase that was placed in a garbage can.
Records are also being obtained for Coleman's other children, a 3-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl. Police said earlier this week that those children appeared fine when they saw them Tuesday night.
The two girls are being cared for by relatives, police said.
Investigators have additionally secured a court order for receipts and other records pertaining to a recent stay by Coleman and her three daughters at the Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 W. Eighth St. The order states that they were guests at the hotel on or about the week of March 20.
Erie Police Chief Steve Franklin said Friday that police received information that they had stayed at the hotel, and police are trying to confirm it.
He said he did not know why they reportedly stayed at the hotel.
The hotel stay would have occurred about one month before Alayja Coleman died. Although investigators said they are still trying to pinpoint when her death occurred, Coleman told detectives during an interview Tuesday night that her daughter died approximately one month ago.
Police are still interviewing people as part of the ongoing investigation, and they are trying to nail down when Alayja Coleman was last seen alive, Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri said Friday.
"The more information the better in terms of getting the timeline down," he said. "It doesn't affect the charges, but it helps investigators as to who should be talking about what."
The investigation is essentially done, Daneri said. Although investigators will still collect some "missing pieces," they don't anticipate amending the criminal charges filed against Hollamon to reflect that he had some active role in Alayja Coleman's death, he said.