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Infant Girl Dies in Dallas



    Infant Girl Dies in Dallas
    LaRiah Chandler, 4-months-old, was found unresponsive by a caretaker on May 29, 2013.

    Dallas police are investigating the unexplained death of an infant girl.

    Police confirmed the child that died was a 4-month-old girl. Initial reports stated the child was 1-year-old.

    The child's mother, Latesha Chandler, said she left her daughter, LaRiah, with a caretaker Tuesday night.

    According to authorities at the scene, the infant was fed at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. by a caretaker, but when the infant's mother went to check on the child at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, she found the infant unresponsive.

    "I just woke up and I went to feed her. I raised up her arm, she wasn't doing anything," Latesha Chandler said. "I screamed for my cousin to call for help."

    Chandler's mother, Christine, said she heard the news shortly after.

    "That's when she told me, 'Momma, I woke up and LaRiah is not breathing, my baby is not breathing.' That's what I was told this morning," Christine Chandler said.

    Police were requested after the fire department arrived at the scene in the 2900 block of East Keist Boulevard in Oak Cliff Wednesday morning.

    People who identified themselves as family members were visibly angry at authorities and were yelling at police officers in the area.

    Neighbors in the area began a prayer circle for the family after the incident.

    "We're working this as an unexplained death. There are no signs of trauma, violence, or anything like that," Sgt. Ronnie Bratt, of the Dallas Police Department, said.

    NBC 5 has crews on the scene to gather more information. As this is a developing story, some details may change as we investigate further.