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Cops investigating death of 4-day-old girl

Citizen Staff Writer

DAVID L. TEIBEL

dteibel@tucsoncitizen.com

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the Wednesday morning death of a 4-day-old girl southwest of Tucson.

It is unclear how the baby died and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, said Detective Lt. Michael G. O’Connor.

It is possible Lysandra Laine died of natural causes, O’Connor said, or an adult sleeping with the infant could have unintentionally smothered her.

When emergency workers arrived at the home in the 6600 block of West Maverick Road about 5:30 a.m., Lysandra was not breathing, Detective Sgt. Jesus Lopez said. The infant was taken to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 6:42 a.m.

The home is about six miles west of Pima Mine Road and Interstate 19.

Larissa Laine, 32, told deputies she was breast-feeding her daughter when they both fell asleep, O’Connor said. The mother awoke to find Lysandra not breathing.

Deputies were told of the death after an emergency call was made seeking help.

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