Laderika Smith, Mother Charged With Second Degree Murder After Daughter, 5, Shoots Herself Dead

A five-year-old girl has died after accidentally shooting herself in the head.

The tragedy occurred after the little girl was locked in her New Orleans home while her mother went to the shops on Sunday, KATV reports.

The mother, named as Laderika Smith by New Orleans newspaper The Advocate, was later seen running from the house screaming: "Lord help me, my child is dying".

Laderika Smith has been charged with second-degree murder

The paper says the little girl died in hospital later that evening. It cites a source as claiming the weapon - a .38-caliber revolver - belonged to a relative's friend.

Smith has been charged with second-degree murder, the Times Picayune reports.

It adds Smith had originally been charged with cruelty to a juvenile, but this changed when the girl died.