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New Orleans police have booked a 28-year-old St. Roch woman with second-degree murder after her 5-year-old daughter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound she suffered Sunday morning in her home.

According to police spokesperson Hilal Williams, the young girl was taken off life support and died late Sunday afternoon. The child’s name has not been released by police.

Police booked Laderika Smith after she admitted she locked her daughter inside a bedroom alone at their home in the 2200 block of North Galvez Street while the mother went to the store. When she returned home, Smith found her daughter lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the head. Police arrived about 11 a.m. and the child was transported to the hospital.

The Times-Picayune |