Mother arrested after 3-year-old found dead in NW Indiana pond

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Police in northwestern Indiana have arrested the mother of a 3-year-old girl found dead in a pond near her home Monday night.

Police said the 32-year-old mother was arrested Tuesday morning and will be charged with felony neglect.

Police were called to the family's apartment complex around 9:30 p.m. Monday on a call that the woman's daughter was missing.

After a half hour of searching, a canine unit found the girl's body in a pond not far from where she lived.

Police said the mother gave them inconsistent statements on when she notified police her daughter was missing. They also said she had inconsistent statements on what happened.

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