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8-year-old dies after throat slashed, mother in custody

8-year-old dies after throat slashed, mother in custody

WALKER, La. (AP) — An 8-year-old in south Louisiana has died after her throat was slashed, and investigators say they believe it was done by her mother.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard says deputies took 30-year-old Christine Courtney into custody Sunday. He says she was undergoing surgery for what appeared to be self-inflicted cuts to her own throat.

The child was pronounced dead at home in Walker. Authorities did not immediately release her name.

Ard says Courtney had to be restrained and she told investigators that people were telling her to take her own life and the life of her daughter.

A first-degree murder warrant was issued for Courtney, and it was unclear whether she has an attorney.

Ard says he believes the attack is not tied to recent floods in the area.

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