New Orleans Mother, Laderika Smith has been charged with murder after her 5-year-old daughter shot herself in the head.
Smith, 28, left her 5-year-old daughter home alone, and when she returned found the girl dead from a shot to the head.
According to ABC News, Smith was booked Sunday on charges of second-degree murder, after the girl was taken off life support hours after her mother returned home to find the girl dead.
Huffington Post reported that police say her [Smith’s] negligence resulted in the death of her daughter.
New Orleans Police spokeswoman Hilal Williams said in a statement, “[Smith] locked her daughter inside the residence for a short period of time while she went to the store.”
During that time the girl had apparently found a loaded.38-caliber revolver and fatally shot herself.
Williams said, “Upon [Smith’s] return, she located the child lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the head. Smith did confess to having a gun inside the home.”
“Lord help me, my child is dying,” one neighbor heard the woman scream, according to Louisiana newspaper The Advocate.
The 5-year-old was then taken to a nearby hospital where she remained on life support for several hours.
This is only one of several shootings that involved children.
A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his father in a friend’s home, in Arizona earlier this month.
There was also the Juneteenth Shooting where an 11-year-old boy was shot in the leg by another 15-year-old.
According to ABC News Smith (pictured to the left) has yet to be arraigned in court. She remained jailed, authorities said, and they did not believe she had retained a lawyer.
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