TOPEKA (KSNT) – Police say a child is dead following a shooting in the Oakland neighborhood.
Officers with the Topeka Police Department responded to reports of a shooting Saturday afternoon in the 400 block of NE Grattan Street. Once arrived, officers found a child who was suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound.
According to a spokeswoman with the city, the child later died at a local hospital from sustained injuries.
LT D. Eubanks later revealed the identify of the deceased as 4-year-old Lawrencia Perez-Belair of Topeka.
According to Topeka Police, as a result of the investigation 24-year-old Mariann L. Belair of Topeka was taken to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections.
Mariann Belair is charged with Murder in the 1st degree and Aggravated Endangering a child.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Topeka Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9400, or by calling Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.
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