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- Natalie Parker, 37, who was the foster parent of the infant and four other children in the home, turned herself in to authorities on Monday.
- Parker faces charged of injury to a child and abandoning or endangering of a child, according to the sheriff's office.
- The official cause of death for the child has not yet been released.
The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department announced an arrest Monday in the death of a 5-month-old girl who died while in foster care.
Natalie Parker, 37, who was the foster parent of the infant and four other children in the home, turned herself in to authorities on Monday, according to the sheriff's office.
Kaufman County Sheriff deputies were called to Parker's home in the 2000 block of Chisholm Trail in Forney on Dec. 29, 2018 after getting a 911 call about an unresponsive infant. The child was dead when they arrived, police said.
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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services were notified and removed the other children from Parker's custody.
Parker's 19-year-old son, Christian Richmond, also lived in the residence, according to police. During the course of the investigation, investigators said child pornography was found on his phone. Richmond was arrested on Jan. 3, 2019 for possession of child pornography, and was released a day later on bond. Police said those charges were not related to the infant's death.
Parker now faces charges of tampering with witness, injury to a child and abandoning or endangering a child, according to the Sheriff's office.
The child's official cause of death has not yet been released.