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Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Leaves Young Girl on Life Support

June 23, 2013

New Orleans Police are investigating a shooting that left a 5-year-old girl critically injured.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members. 

Shortly before 11:00 A.M., officers responded to a child shot at a residence in the 2200 block of North Galvez Street.  Officers located the child in a bedroom suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  The child was transported to the hospital and is currently on life support.  

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.  

According to the child’s mother, 28-year-old Laderika Smith, she locked her daughter inside the residence for a short period of time while she went to the store.  Upon her return, she located the child lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the head.  Smith did confess to having a gun inside the home.  

Due to the mother’s negligence, Laderika Smith will be booked with R.S. 14:93; Relative to Cruelty to a Juvenile.     

The gun was recovered from the scene.  

Homicide Detective Robert Barrere is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 658-5300. 

The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring thatNew Orleansis a safer place to live, work and visit. The police force is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity. 



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