Wilmington mother charged with death of infant

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Candice Nicole Smith
Candice Nicole Smith

A Wilmington woman has been charged in connection with the death of an infant.

Candice Nicole Smith, 24, was charged Wednesday with one count of involuntary manslaughter, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

Detectives began their investigation on April 6, when they responded to the death of a two-month-old girl at a home in the 6700 block of Carolina Beach Road. Smith is the infant’s mother.

“The infant had passed away while sleeping in the bed with Candice,” Brewer said.

Detectives received the final medical examiner’s report, which indicated negligence, on Tuesday, Brewer said.

Smith was taken to the New Hanover County jail where she remains under a $250,000 secured bond.