How is this murder?


Mom Charged with Murder After Daughter, 5, Shoots Self (ABC News)

A New Orleans mother has been charged with murder after her 5-year-old daughter shot herself in the head while home alone in a locked bedroom.

Laderika Smith, 28, was booked Sunday on charges of second-degree murder, after the girl was taken off life support hours after her mother returned home to find the girl dead, police said.

“[Smith] locked her daughter inside the residence for a short period of time while she went to the store,” New Orleans Police spokeswoman Hilal Williams said in a statement.

While her mother was out, the girl discovered a loaded .38-caliber revolver and shot herself.

This is horrible beyond belief, but . . . Murder?

American Heritage Dictionary:

the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.


the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought.


Murder is malicious, premeditated homicide. Some states define certain homicides as murder if the killing occurs in the course of armed robbery, rape, etc.

I’m hardly defending a woman who leaves her kid alone with a .38, but . . . Murder???

Do they have some sort of unique definition in Louisiana that I’m not aware of?

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