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UPDATE: Mother of deceased Vermillion infant charged with murder

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Maria Milda(Clay County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 8:51 AM CST
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VERMILLION, S.D. - UPDATE, Nov. 3: The mother of an infant found dead at a Vermillion home has been arrested for first-degree murder, authorities say.

Twenty-six-year-old Maria Milda was arrested Monday night, according to the Vermillion Police Department.

Officers responded to a report of a child not breathing at a residence Monday afternoon. Police say when officers arrived, they found a deceased one-year-old boy.

Police initially deemed the death as “suspicious,” but did not immediately make any arrest in the case. The department announced Milda’s arrest Tuesday morning.

The exact cause of death is pending autopsy results, police say. No other details about the incident have been released.

Milda is being held on a $1 million bond.

Police in Vermillion are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy.

Authorities say as of right now, they’re investigating it as a suspicious death.

Police were called to a residence Monday afternoon for a report of a child not breathing. Once on the scene, authorities found the child had died.

The cause of death and circumstances leading to the death is under investigation. No other details were released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.