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Lafayette mom arrested in death of baby

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Lafayette police have arrested a 20-year-old woman in the January death of her 5-month-old daughter, whose suffocation was initially believed to have happened accidentally.

Cpl. Paul Mouton says officers arrested 20-year-old Raven Senegal, of Lafayette, in Alexandria Wednesday on a first-degree murder warrant issued Monday in the baby's death.

On Jan. 29, Senegal told investigators a plastic shopping bag somehow ended up covering the baby's head earlier that day at the family's home.

Mouton says the baby stopped breathing and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Mouton said he couldn't comment on how investigators believe the bag came to cover the baby's head, but Senegal is accused of being responsible for the baby's death.

It was unclear whether Senegal has an attorney.

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