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There are disturbing new revelations in the death of a toddler, who’s mother has been charged with the crime.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has the latest on the police investigation and reaction from parents.

Amidst play-time and laughter at City Park, there was heart-felt reaction to new details about a toddler’s death; and the second-degree murder charges filed against her mother.

“It’s sad, it’s very sad,” New Orleans Parent Brian Hill said. “It makes me wonder why someone would do something like that.”

An autopsy has determined that 2-year old Zion Harris died Tuesday from a lacerated liver and kidney.

The child’s stepfather noticed she wasn’t herself at during an outing at City Park.

She was reportedly crying non-stop, staggering, and later became unresponsive.

Investigators say 28-year old Michelle Harris admitted to striking the girl with her hand for being disobedient.

But her older sister witnessed more. Detectives say Zion was kicked and beaten.

“I work with kids every day and the thought of that is nauseous,” local elementary school teacher Bridget Joyce said.

“I don’t know what happened, what went wrong she’s a good mother,” family friend Vanessa Scott said.

Friends at the family’s Gentilly home, say Harris was under a great deal of stress.

She came in from Atlanta to help care for her ailing mother and grandmother.

“A lot of stuff by the mom being sick and they just don’t know which way to go everybody twisted, everybody they just don’t know,” Scott explained.

“To take it out on a child, to do something to a child in response to that is, there’s no excuse for that,” Hill said.

“No excuse; you don’t have no excuse at all,” Camarillo said. “That’s a two year old baby.” “That’s a baby.”

Parents and caregivers we talked to admit, raising young children has its own set of challenges.

Any added stress doesn’t help. But they say there are far better ways to cope.

“They get unruly, you take a deep breath and you move forward,” Joyce said.

A bond for Harris has been set for 350-thousand dollars.

Her 3-year old daughter is with family members.

The death of a toddler is now classified as a homicide, and her mother has been charged with the crime.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has more on the events that led to the child’s death and reaction from family members.

“It’s horrible, everyone is upset, and everyone can’t believe it because it’s unbelievable,” family friend Vanessa Scott said. “(We) never saw it coming.”

Friends visiting the family’s Gentilly home are still coming to terms with the unexpected death of little Zion Harris.

The wide-eyed, 2-year old who’s now being remembered.

“She was a loveable little child; she always wanted to be around you,” Scott said. “She always wanted to be on your back.”

That was until Tuesday afternoon,

Family members say the toddler wasn’t herself, while playing with siblings at City Park.

She became unresponsive, and had to be rushed to the hospital; where doctors discovered she’d suffered a lacerated liver.

It was an injury family members and friends never suspected.

The child appeared healthy an hour earlier while with her mother.

“Right before they left to go to the park she fed them,” family friend Tracy Davis said. “She had a bowl on this lap a bowl on this lap, a spoon in this bowl a spoon in this bowl.” “She cools it off, she fed this one, she fed that one, and she fed that one.” “When they were finished eating she bathed them, she dressed them she combed their hair and then they left to out to the park,” Davis continued.

The Orleans Parish Coroner has classified the death a homicide, due to blunt force trauma.

A police investigation turned to the child’s mother, Michelle Harris, 29. She’s now under arrest.

“I don’t know if she spanked them and spanked her too hard,” Scott said.

“I don’t know what happened, what went wrong. She’s a good mother,”  Davis said.

Investigators say Michelle Harris struck her daughter for being disobedient.

She’s been booked with second degree murder.

Harris’ other two children are in the care of family members.

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