NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The charge against the mother of a 5-year-old girl accidental shot Sunday has been upgraded.
According to booking records at the Orleans Parish Prison, WDSU reports Laderika Smith now faces a second-degree murder charge in addition to originally being charged with cruelty to a juvenile.
The charge upgrade was pending following the results of an autopsy of her daughter, Brandajah Smith.
Police say the girl accidentally shot herself in the head shortly before 11 a.m.
Investigators say the child was home alone at the time of the incident.
Smith 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.
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