Foster mother in northern Indiana suffocated toddler

GARY, Ind. — A foster mother in northern Indiana is charged with murder after she told police she suffocated a 20-month-old child, according to court documents.

Jamilia Hodge, 32, told officers she placed a hand over the mouth of Emma Salinas and held it there until she stopped breathing, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Northwest Indiana Times. She then rolled the girl onto her stomach and left the room.

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