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Mother charged in death of 14-month-old girl

Gastonia Police arrested Emoni Burnett, 22, five months after her daughter died.

GASTONIA, N.C. — A mother is in jail after a Gaston County grand jury indicted her following the death of her 14-month-old daughter.

Gastonia Police arrested Emoni Burnett, 22, for felony involuntary manslaughter after her daughter Ava died on August 13, 2019.

According to a Gastonia Police incident report, the events leading up to Ava's death happened at a home off A.J. Wesley Avenue between 1 p.m. and 1:35 p.m.

Gaston County Communications confirmed dispatchers received a 911 call from the same residence around 1:40 p.m.

Burnett's indictment doesn't include a narrative of what police believe happened that day. She remains in jail under no bond.

A woman who answered the door to Burnett's Fort Mill declined to comment on the case.

Gastonia Police are expected to release more information on the case Wednesday night.

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