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Mother charged after 2-month-old dies in Clinton hotel days after regaining custody

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 4:08 PM CDT
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CLINTON, Miss. (WLBT) - A mother has been charged after an infant died at a Clinton hotel.

The Clinton Police Department was called to the Econo Lodge Tuesday morning where they found a 2-month-old dead.

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

The manager said that around 10:00 a.m., he heard the mom screaming from inside the room. Other neighbors also heard it and called 9-1-1.

Darla Luke has been charged with felony child neglect and the other children have been placed with a grandmother by the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services.

Luke was previously charged with misdemeanor child neglect on June 7, 2022, authorities say.

At some point between June 7 and June 21, CPS returned the children to her custody.

This case is still under investigation.

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