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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Mother Arrested for Death of Four-Year-Old Daughter NR20197ma

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Abused Child Section (ACS), Juvenile Division, has been involved in the investigation of the death of a four-year-old female child.

On August 11, 2020 around 5:50 p.m., the victim, a four-year-old female, arrived by ambulance at a Los Angeles hospital. The victim was pronounced deceased at 7:41 p.m. Los Angeles Police Department, 77th Street patrol officers responded to the hospital after being called by hospital staff. Abused Child Section assumed investigative responsibility after being notified of the suspicious death.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old Akira Smith, the child's mother. Smith was booked for 273ab(a) PC - Child Abuse Resulting in Death.

Officers took the victim's three siblings into protective custody and released them to the Department of Children and Family Services.

The case will be submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for filing and review.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Abused Child Section, Juvenile Division at (213) 486-0531 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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