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Mother Held in Death of Malnourished Infant

January 09, 2004|From Times Staff Reports

The mother of an 8-month-old girl was arrested after her daughter's malnourished body was found Wednesday evening in their apartment near MacArthur Park, police said.

"The baby was completely emaciated -- wasting away," said Lt. Art Miller. "Anyone could see the baby was malnourished."

Fire Department officials, responding to a call from the apartment in the 200 block of South Lake Street, found the body. Police arrested Ana Mata, 28. A girl about 6 years old was taken into protective custody.

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