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Foster mom arrested after 5-month-old girl found dead in home; biological son nabbed for child porn: Cops

Authorities in Texas say a woman is facing criminal charges related to the death of a 5-month-old foster child staying at her home last month.

According to The Dallas Morning News, 37-year-old Natalie Parker was arrested on Monday, less than two weeks after the young girl was found dead at the residence in Forney.

The foster mother had four other children in her care at the time, police reports indicate. One of the other children was identified as the victim’s brother.

All of the surviving foster children have since been transferred to other foster homes by Child Protective Services social workers.

Deputies from the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office along with law enforcement officers from the Texas Rangers were on hand when the woman surrendered and was taken into custody.

Parker was transported to jail, where she was booked in and remained behind bars with bail set at $195,000 as of the latest reports available.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Jolie Stewart indicated Parker is expected to face criminal charges including injury to a child, abandoning or endangering a child, and tampering with a witness.

It is still unclear what caused the infant’s death, but she was reportedly pronounced dead at the resident at about 9 a.m. on December 29.

In addition to the foster children, two of Parker’s biological children were also at the residence. One of them, 19-year-old Christian Richmond, was also arrested.

Officers reportedly found child pornography on his phone and arrested him on Thursday. He has since been released on bond and authorities say they do not believe the two crimes were connected.

[Featured image: Natalie Parker, handout]