Mother accused of manslaughter in baby's death
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge woman this week and accused her of negligence in the death of her 12-week-old daughter.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said officers arrested Kewanda Duncan, 29, on suspicion of manslaughter Monday in the death of A'Mircle Parker on Sept. 26.
According to arrest records, Parker was born prematurely and had respiratory issues which required her to be connected to a monitor that would sound an alarm if she stopped breathing. Investigators said Duncan was told never to disconnect the monitor unless feeding or bathing the child.
Investigators said on Sept. 23 Duncan put Parker to bed without connecting the monitor, then later left the residence for three hours without letting anyone else there know she was gone. When she got back, investigators said she found Parker wasn't breathing and called for help.
Police said the baby was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and died on Sept. 26.
Officers booked Duncan into the parish prison Monday, and she was given a $50,000 bond.