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Mom booked in 5-year-old's death


New Orleans, LA -- A woman has been booked in connection with the death of her 5-year-old daughter after the girl was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police say.

Laderika Smith, 29, faces charges of cruelty to a juvenile. The case is under review by the District Attorney's Office for possible additional charges. 

The girl has been identified at Brandajah Smith. The coroner's office confirmed Monday that her wound was self-inflicted.

New Orleans Police officers responded to the girl's home, in the 2200 block of North Galvez Street just before 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators say that the gun used is a .38 revolver. Smith admitted to locking the child inside the home while she went to the store. Smith returned home a short time later to find the girl lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the head. 

"See that little girl was probably going through the house and she probably ran across the gun, probably thought it was a toy and started playing with it," says neighbor, Amber Rodriguez.

Paramedics rushed the girl to a nearby hospital, where she was taken off of life-support Sunday evening.

"She was a little girl, innocent little children, and her birthday just passed," says neighbor, Willie Bailey.

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