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*Update* 5 Year Old Left Alone Fatally Shoots Herself in Head in Louisiana

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June 24, 2013, 7:13 AM

NEW ORLEANS Police say a 5-year-old girl, now identifield as Brandajah Smith, fatally shot herself when her mother locked her inside their home and went to the store.

The New Orleans Police Department said in a news release the girl was home alone Sunday, somehow found her mother's revolver, and accidentally shot herself in the head. The mother, 28-year-old Laderika Smith, will be booked on a charge of second-degree murder. Police say her negligence resulted in the death of her daughter.

Upon returning home from the store, police say Smith found her daughter lying on a bedroom floor with a gunshot wound. She died at a hospital.

Family members say the gun belongs to friend and was being kept on the top shelf of a closet, reports CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL-TVM.

"You have to think first if you got kids in the house; anything can happen. Kids do climb and things do happen," Smith's cousin, Veranda Williams, told WWL.

The jail's website listed Smith's birthday as Sunday. It wasn't immediately clear whether she had an attorney. A call to the jail was not immediately returned.

Home, below, where 5 year old girl apparently shot herself fatally in head while mother went to store. From New Orleans PD.

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Five-year-old New Orleans girl locked inside at home alone fatally shoots herself in the head while mother shops

A five-year-old girl was home alone in Saint Roch when she shot herself with a loaded .38 revolver
The girl's mother, Laderika Smith, had locked the child in the house while she went to the store
Smith has been charged with second-degree murder

By Associated Press and Alex Greig

UPDATED: 23:13 EST, 23 June 2013

A five-year-old Louisiana girl has died after accidentally shooting herself in the head.

The New Orleans girl was at home on Sunday morning when the accident occurred.

According to New Orleans police, the girl's mother, Laderika Smith, 28, of Saint Roch, locked the girl inside the house while she went to the store.

Scene of the tragedy, photo below: The house on the 2200 block of North Galvez Street where a five-year-old fatally shot herself while home alone
When she returned, she found her daughter lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers were called to the 2200 block of North Galvez St house shortly after 11am and found the girl with what police reports say is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The girl was rushed to the hospital and her mother was charged with cruelty to a juvenile, but the little girl died of her injuries and the charge was upgraded to second-degree-murder.

Mother: Laderika Smith, photos below, left her five-year-old daughter at home alone while she went to the store and returned to find the girl with a gunshot wound to the head

A police statement reported, 'A preliminary investigation indicates the child was home alone and had somehow come into contact with a .38 revolver and accidentally shot herself in the head.'

Family members told WWLTV that they're still in the dark about what happened.

'It could have been an accident,' said family member Danielle Carter. 'I am not sure if it was an accident or not, but still, the family wants answers.'

Questions: The family of Laderika Smith say they have more questions than answers in the fatal shooting of a five-year-old girl who apparently shot herself while playing with a gun at home alone

'The family is devastated,' family member, Verlenda Williams, told the station. 'This is a difficult time for the whole family. It is just hard. We are just asking everyone for prayers.'

According to reports, Laderika Smith's birthday was Sunday.

Court records obtained by WWLTV report that Laderika Smith was charged with prostitution in 2010.

Police have not released the name of the child, pending notification of family members.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2XCjAa5NY


**Coroner Identifies 5-year-old Victim in St. Roch Accidental Shooting**

Video here: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/...j/-/index.html

Transcript of video here:

ARRESTED- AFTER POLICE SAY THE LITTLE GIRL ACCIDENTALLY SHOT HERSELF IN THE HEAD. BUT NOW SOME QUESTIONS OVER WHAT CHARGES THE MOTHER NOW FACES. WDSU REPORTER CASEY FERRAND HAS THE STORY FROM THE ST. ROCH NEIGHBORHOOD.. WHERE THE LITTLE GIRL LOST HER LIFE. THERE'S BEEN A BIT OF BACK AND FORTH ON THE CHARGES THE MOTHER IS FACING IN THIS CASE AFTER HER 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER DIED FROM AN APPARENT SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND. NOW POLICE ARE CONSULTING THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE ON THE APPROPRIATE CHARGES. 28- YEAR-OLD LADERIKA SMITH WAS FIRST BOOKED WITH CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE. WHEN HER DAUGHTER ... 5-YEAR-OLD BRANDAJAH SMITH DIED SUNDAY EVENING... POLICE UPGRADED THE CHARGES TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER. THEN THIS MORNING POLICE WENT BACK TO THE PREVIOUS CHARGE OF CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE PENDING AN AUTOPSY. THE CORONOR'S OFFICE BELIEVES IT TO BE A SELF- INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SAYS IT TAKES TIME TO SCREEN CASES AND THEY WILL TREAT THIS CASE LIKE ANY OTHER CASE AFTER LOOKING AT ALL THE EVIDENCE. ACCORDING TO POLICE, SMITH SAID SHE LOCKED HER DAUGHTER INSIDE THE HOME WHILE SHE WENT TO THE STORE. WHEN SHE RETURNED A SHORT TIME LATER... SHE SAYS SHE FOUND HER DAUGHTER LYING ON THE BEDROOM FLOOR WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. SMITH DID CONFESS TO HAVING A GUN INSIDE THE HOME... WHICH POLICE DID RECOVER FROM THE SCENE. THE CASE WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE ON FURTHER CHARGES. THE CHILD DIED AT THE HOSPITAL SUNDAY EVENING... AFTER SHE WAS TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT. LAST NIGHT FAMILY MEMBERS HELD A MEMORIAL IN HER HONOR AT THE HOME... YOU SEE THEY'VE PLACED STUFFED ANIMALS ON THE PORCH AND WRITTEN MESSAGES ON THE HOUSE SAYING R-I-P BRANDAJAH AND WE'LL MISS YOU BABY GIRL. ON YOUR SIDE IN ST. ROCH. CASEY FERRAND WDSU NEWS. ALSO TOPPING NEWS ON THIS MONDAY.. A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN IN

The Orleans Parish coroner identified the 5-year-old girl who died Sunday night after shooting herself in the head with a gun that was inside her home in the St. Roch neighborhood.

Read more: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/...#ixzz2XGfbyfEr

Victim identified as Brandajah Smith

UPDATED 4:19 PM CDT Jun 24, 2013

Mother of 5-year-old girl arrested after daughter’s death

Photo of Brandajah, below, provided by family member

NOPD: 5-year-old Girl Dies from Self-Inflicted Gunshot in... A mother is behind bars after her 5-year-old daughter was killed Sunday.

The mother, 28-year-old Laderika Smith, was arrested on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile Sunday.

According to the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, 5-year-old Brandajah Smith, accidentally shot herself in the head.

The shooting happened shortly before 11 a.m. in the 2200 block of North Galvez Street Sunday. Police said the child was home alone at the time of the incident.

The victim's mom told police she locked her daughter inside the home while she went to the store. When she returned a short time later, she said she found her daughter lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said the child was home alone when she came in contact with a .38-caliber revolver.

Police said the child died at a hospital Sunday evening after she was taken off life support, too fragile to survive her injuries.

According to police, Smith admitted to having a gun inside the home, which police have recovered. Smith was booked with cruelty to a juvenile. Her bond was set at $20,000, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office records.

Read more: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/...#ixzz2XGcyOH46

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Re: 5 Year Old Left Alone Fatally Shoots Self in Head in Lousiana

really really come on what the fuck not only did she leave a child alone but alone with a gun.The incompetence with parents these days

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Re: 5 Year Old Left Alone Fatally Shoots Self in Head in Lousiana

Are we certain the child shot herself? I mean, children have shot themselves before, but who knows? Why couldn't the mother take her to the store with her? Too sad. That poor baby. The mother should get life.

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Are we certain the child shot herself? I mean, children have shot themselves before, but who knows? Why couldn't the mother take her to the store with her? Too sad. That poor baby. The mother should get life.

No. They are not sure. I had a thought she may have killed the baby and used the store as an alibi that failed

She was an asshole!

There is nothing, in my opinion, she can say to redeem herself

As I have said time and time again, there are women and couples who would give anything for a baby.

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Re: 5 Year Old Left Alone Fatally Shoots Herself in Head in Louisiana

How retarded you must be not to realize guns and unsupervised small kids don't mix well? Yeah, we don't know for certain the kid shot herself but given the complete lack of common sense in today's parents, I wouldn't be surprised if her mom really was that stupid.

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stupid whore.

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Shouldn't she be charged with manslaughter? I mean unless they can prove she shot the child.

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smh...the dumb bitch needs a life time of slaps to the face ...fuckin retarded fo real..poor lil girl

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Shouldn't she be charged with manslaughter? I mean unless they can prove she shot the child.

I wish people could be charged for stupidity, along with the other crimes.

Waiting for the autopsy report. It was supposed to have been done yesterday.

We can get a likely time of death from it.

Perhaps the girl spoke with the medics or hospital employees.

I hope the incubator enjoyed her birthday gift. May she rot in Hell!

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Re: *Update* 5 Year Old Left Alone Fatally Shoots Herself in Head in Louisiana

funny that mom found the daughter dead. you'd think someone would have called the cops when they heard the gun shot - hard to believe no one heard it with neighbors on top of each other in those shoebox homes.

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