New Orleans police on Wednesday evening arrested the mother of a 23-month-old girl who was apparently beaten to death.
Michelle Harris, 28, was booked with second-degree murder in the death of her daughter Zion Harris, said officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.
Zion died Tuesday afternoon from a lacerated liver and kidney, prompting her death to be ruled a homicide, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.
Harris “struck” Zion after she did not listen to her, Flot said. The baby’s injuries were consistent with being beaten or kicked, authorities said.
Zion died at Tulane Medical Center at 1:26 p.m. on Tuesday.