Baby’s shock cause of death revealed after two-month-old found dead in hotel room and mum is arrested | The Sun

A MOTHER has been arrested and charged with the death of her two-month old baby in a Mississippi hotel just days after she regained custody of the child.

Police in Clinton, Hinds County, were called Tuesday (June 21) morning at the Econo Lodge Hotel on Clinton Center Drive, where the child was found dead. 


The hotel manager told police that around 10 a.m., he heard a woman screaming from inside a hotel room, with other neighbours confirming they had also heard screams before ringing 911.

When they arrived at the scene, officers found a dead two-month old baby inside a room.

According to the hotel manager, five people had been living in the hotel room for a month and a half – including several children.

Mum Darla Luke has been charged with felony child neglect, and her other children – who had been living in the hotel room – have been placed with a grandmother by the Department of Human Services, according to local press.

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The tragic incident came after Luke was also charged with misdemeanour child abuse on June 7 for another incident.

“Between June 7 and June 21, the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services returned the children to its custody,” Amanda Jones, a spokeswoman for the City of Clinton, said in a statement.

The Hinds County coroner said he believes the baby may have died of asphyxiation, possibly as a result of co-sleeping.

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An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are yet to release further details on the case, which is still under investigation.

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