Baton Rouge mother charged with manslaughter for death of special medical needs infant

Baton Rouge mother charged with manslaughter for death of special medical needs infant
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POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:40pm

A Baton Rouge mother was arrested for manslaughter in regards to the death of her 3-month-old child.

According to the police report filed by the Baton Rouge Police Department, the incident happened on September 24. The infant was transported to a local hospital at roughly 2:00 a.m. after she was discovered to be unresponsive in her crib.

The infant was placed in critical condition and eventually died on Sept. 26.

Investigators learned that the baby was born premature in June 2013. The child, A’Mircle Parker, tested positive for cocaine and marijuana at the time of her birth.

After she was born, doctors provided her mother, Kewanda Duncan, a respiratory device that would monitor the baby’s breathing and heartbeat. The device had an alarm that would sound when the child stopped breath or if her heartbeat dropped below a certain BPM.

Doctors told Duncan that the device should not be disconnected under any circumstanced.

The night before A’Mircle was found unresponsive, that device was disconnected and she was placed in a bed. When she began crying, Duncan allegedly told her other child to turn the baby over onto its stomach so she would stop crying.

Duncan allegedly left the home shortly thereafter and was gone for an extended period of time.

Duncan was arrested on Monday, Sept. 30 and charged with Manslaughter. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Her bond was set at $50,000.

The report did not indicate how many other children are in her care, nor did it provide information regarding their current custody.

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