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Mother charged in toddler’s death in Maine

July 3, 2013

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — State police charged a woman Wednesday in the death of her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, who investigators say was killed in Newport before her body was found in her mother’s car.

Leanna Norris, 24, of Auburn, was arrested following her release from a medical center where she was receiving treatment. She was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Norris, who’s due to be arraigned Friday, was indicted last week on a murder charge but the indictment was sealed until her arrest. It was unclear Wednesday whether she had a lawyer.

The body of her daughter, Loh Grenda, was discovered around 3 a.m. June 23 in Norris’ car in Stetson, where she lived before moving to Auburn. Police believe the girl was killed in the neighboring town of Newport.

The girl’s death was declared to be a homicide, but autopsy results haven’t been released because the state medical examiner was awaiting the results of additional tests.

Detectives were interviewing family and friends as they investigate the circumstances of the girl’s death. More details were expected Friday, police said.

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