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Mother charged with first-degree murder in death of 5-month-old

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Raven Senegal. (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office) Raven Senegal. (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)
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Lafayette, LA (KPLC) -

A Lafayette woman has been arrested and is being charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 5-month-old girl.

According to investigators, the child was found to be not breathing and was transported from her residence to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The child's mother advised authorities that a plastic shopping bag had covered the child's head.

"When investigators arrived at the hospital they were advised that the child had died from an accidental suffocation," said Cpl. Paul Mouton, Public Information Officer with the Lafayette Police Department, in a news release.

On Monday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the mother, 20-year-old Raven Senegal of Lafayette. Senegal was arrested Wednesday in Alexandria and was transported to Lafayette.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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