Girl, 3, dies after being found in pond; mom in jail

By The Associated Press

VALPARAISO — Police say a woman is in custody after her 3-year-old daughter was found unresponsive in a pond in northwestern Indiana.

Tamira Billingslea was pronounced dead at a hospital Monday night.

A police dog found the child in the pond about 45 minutes after authorities in Valparaiso responded to a call about a missing girl. Tamira’s mother, Tasia Perkins, was later taken to the Porter County jail on a neglect charge.

It wasn’t immediately known if she has a lawyer who could comment. Sgt. Michael Grennes says Perkins gave inconsistent statements about how long her daughter had been missing.

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