NOLA Woman Charged With Murder After Daughter Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

A New Orleans woman was charged with second-degree murder Sunday after her daughter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Laderika Smith, 28, had locked her 5-year-old in a bedroom alone while she ran errands. Police spokesperson Hilal Williams said the child found a .38 revolver inside the home and accidentally shot herself in the head.

Smith confessed to having a gun in the home, according to Williams. A police statement said the death of her daughter was a direct result of Smith’s negligence.

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