Latoshia Washington charged with murder after 11-month-old dies

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Latoshia Washington.

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged a 30-year-old woman with murder after her 11-month-old daughter died under mysterious circumstances.

"It's a shock to me," said one neighbor.  "I just don't believe that she would hurt her children."

But according to Officer Rick Eckhard, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, the incident happened Thursday at 5:35 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of El Tigre Terrace, in the Spanish Lake neighborhood. Police found the 11-month-old unresponsive and rushed her to Christian Northwest Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office determined the child's death as a homicide, Eckhard said.

The mother, Latoshia Washington, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She's being held in the St. Louis County Justice Center on $250,000 bond, Eckhard said.

Washington's three other children, ages 2, 3 and 4, were at the apartment when officers arrived. All three have been placed into protective custody.


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