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January 21, 2016 05:15 PM

A 42-year-old woman was arrested in New Orleans after police claim her gun went off from underneath her pillow and killed her 3-year-old grandson, PEOPLE confirms.

Police arrested Deonca Kennedy on Wednesday; that morning, her gun allegedly fired accidentally while she and her grandson were both sleeping, police say.

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Kennedy remains in custody on an unspecified amount of bail and is charged with negligent homicide, cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion.

A statement from police claims “detectives transported Kennedy to NOPD Headquarters for questioning, however, Kennedy refused to give a statement or cooperate with detectives.”

According to police, Kennedy works as a security guard.

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