Mom arrested after 6-month-old found dead in apartment

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Omaha Police are investigating the death of a 6-month-old girl who was found dead in her apartment by her mother, according to police documents.

The police report states officers were called to the Colonial Apartments just after 5 a.m. Monday. The infant was pronounced by a medic on the scene just minutes later.

Officers arrested Carmaleta S. Price, 21, after she "made admissions to child neglect that resulted in the child's death," the report states.

6 On Your Side went to the Price apartment, but no one answered.

Neighbors tell us they had heard the baby crying at night and believed another woman lived at the home with Price.

Don Kleine, the Douglas County attorney, told us what authorities believe happened to the infant.

"The allegations are that she had been drinking, fell asleep with the child, co-sleeping on the air mattress," Kleine said. "Sometime early in the morning hours Monday, [she] didn't know exactly where the child was. The child was found — she had gotten off of the air mattress and was in a plastic bag."

Authorities are waiting on an autopsy to be done on the 6-month-old girl, but initially, Kleine said the child appeared to have suffocated.

Price was in court on Tuesday on an unrelated misdemeanor charge. She had a tissue in her hand while she walked in and appeared to be crying.

As she passed by the gallery, she said something to a man seated there, but it is unclear what their relationship is or what was said.

Price is expected to appear in jail court at 9 a.m. Wednesday to be charged with homicide.