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Maine mother allegedly gave toddler drug before suffocating her

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Court documents indicate that a Maine woman charged with killing her 2½-year-old daughter gave her sleeping medication before smothering her. Leanna Norris, 24, of Auburn is being held without bail in the death of Loh Melody Grenda, whose body was found in a car in Stetson June 23. Norris’s lawyer tried to keep a State Police affidavit sealed, but it was released by a judge Friday. The affidavit indicates Norris told investigators she gave the toddler Benadryl before putting duct tape over her face and covering her with a blanket. She has said she killed Grenda by putting her hand over her mouth and later tried to kill herself.

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