A 21-year-old Omaha woman is accused of drinking before falling asleep with her 6-month-old daughter, who rolled off the mattress and suffocated to death, officials said.

Carmaleta Price was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Monday afternoon on suspicion of negligent child abuse resulting in death and two other, unrelated misdemeanor charges.

If convicted of the felony charge, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Omaha police went to an apartment Monday at The Colonial Apartment Homes near 97th and Maple Streets about 5 a.m. after someone called 911 for assistance.

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Price told officers that she found her baby, Shaniyah Price, dead in her apartment, according to a police report. Officials pronounced the girl dead at the scene.

“Price made admissions to child neglect which resulted in the death of her 6-month-old child,” a police report stated.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said an investigation determined that Price had been drinking and had fallen asleep on an air mattress with her daughter. Price woke up early Monday and found the baby on the floor with a plastic bag full of clothes on top of her.

Kleine said a full autopsy has not been completed, but it appears the cause of death is suffocation.

Relatives of Price could not be reached for comment.

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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