Woman accused of suffocating daughter day before fifth birthday

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DUPO, Ill. — A Dupo, Ill. woman has been charged after allegedly suffocating her own daughter the day before her fifth birthday, according to the St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Mary Lockett (St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office)

Mary Lockett (St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office)

KTVI reports that EMS responded to the child’s home on 9th Street Sunday afternoon to find the child unconscious and not breathing. She was rushed to St. Anthony’s Hospital where she died.

The mother, Mary Lockett, 36, was charged with first degree murder after an investigation revealed the child had been suffocated.

Family members tell media outlets that the victim is Emily Perrin, who would have turned five Monday. Family members say Emily suffered from cystic fibrosis and call what happened, “a tragic incident.”

Lockett’s bond has been set at $1 million.