Miss. Mom Accused in Connection with 2-Month-Old Son's Death Weeks After Previous Neglect Charge

Darla Luke was charged with felony child neglect after her son's body was found in a hotel room. She was previously charged weeks ago with misdemeanor child neglect

Darla Luke
Photo: Clinton Police Department

A Mississippi woman has been arrested and charged with child neglect after her infant son was found dead at a hotel.

According to Action News 5, police in Clinton, Miss., were called on Tuesday morning to the EconoLodge hotel after receiving multiple 911 calls that a woman was screaming inside a room.

When they arrived, police found the lifeless body of a two-month-old boy.

PEOPLE confirms that Darla Luke has been charged with felony child neglect.

According to Central Louisiana Now, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said the infant may have died from asphyxiation due to a co-sleeping situation. The State Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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Luke, 34, has eight other children. They have been placed in the care of a grandmother, a city official tells WAPT-TV.

It's not the first time that Luke has been investigated. PEOPLE confirms that she was charged with misdemeanor child neglect on June 7.

According to Amanda Jones, a spokesperson for the city of Clinton, the charge was related to the family's living conditions. While the children were taken away for a short time, they were returned to her before June 21, when the infant's body was found.

Luke remains in jail on $25,000 bond. She has not yet entered a plea, and online records do not reflect an attorney authorized to speak on her behalf.

The case is still under investigation.

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