NOPD: Mother of 5-year-old who accidentally shot herself in head charged with cruelty
NEW ORLEANS, LA — A New Orleans mother has been arrested after her 5-year-old child died from accidentally shot herself in the head.
Laderika Smith, 28, was booked with Cruelty to a Juvenile after investigators learned that she knowingly left her child, Laderka Smith, unattended in the home with a loaded gun.
Smith told New Orleans Police Officers that she locked the girl in the house on Sunday, June 24, shortly before 11:00 a.m. Smith went to a nearby store for a short period of time. When she returned, she found her daughter suffering from the gunshot wound to the head.
The child was transported to a local hospital where she was placed on life-support. She was removed from life support during the early morning on Monday. Results from the autopsy are pending.
Smith was charged due to the negligence that created the opportunity for the accident. Her bond was set at $20,000.