Infant found dead after being left unattended, Polk deputies say
19-year-old mother arrested in girl's death
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A Central Florida teen has been charged in the death of her 8-month-old daughter.
A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release said Jada LeBoeuf, 19, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated manslaughter. Her daughter, Journey LeBeouf, died in February after being left unattended for nearly five hours, deputies said.
An arrest affidavit said Journey lived with her mother, aunt and maternal grandparents in Winter Haven. Family members last saw Journey alive in the evening as they went to bed. Deputies said LeBoeuf would typically sleep on a couch in the living room, and Journey would sleep in a car seat near her mother.
Authorities said LeBoeuf left the home and returned hours later. Officials said she found the baby on the couch, tangled in the blanket and unresponsive.
An autopsy determined the cause of death was suffocation.
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