NEW ORLEANS -- The mother of a 5-year-old girl who fatally shot herself Sunday has been booked on a second-degree murder charge, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office website.
Laderika Smith made her first court appearance Tuesday, as bond for her was set at $75,000.
Smith's daughter, Brandajah, was home alone while her mother went to the store. When Laderika Smith returned home, her daughter was lying on the bedroom floor, shot in the head, investigators said.
Just before 11 a.m. Sunday police were called to a home in the 2200 block of Galvez Street. Inside the home, officers found the little girl lying on the bedroom floor, shot in the head with a .38 revolver.