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5-year-old girl in attempted drowning is still on life support

February 21, 2012 |  8:53 am

Girls drowning

A 5-year-old girl whose mother allegedly tried to drown her in an infant bathtub last week remained on life support Tuesday morning, Los Angeles police said.

Although the girl's father told KTLA News that he had made the decision to remove her from life support and donate her organs, that action has not been taken yet and the girl was still alive Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Times incorrectly reported that the girl, named Marian, had died. An LAPD spokeswoman had said the girl was taken off life support, which was reported by The Times and other media outlets, but Tuesday morning another LAPD official said the girl was still on life support.

Her mother, Lorna Valle, 32, was arrested last week on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and was being held on $1.5-million bail. Marian's 1-year-old sister, Lindsay, died shortly after the incident on Wednesday.

Authorities said that Valle -- who is believed to have been battling mental illness or depression -- tried to drown her two daughters while her husband left their South L.A. home briefly to buy juice and milk.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

Photo: Neighbors, led by Pastor Joyce Williams, second from left, prayed last Wednesday outside the home where a mother allegedly drowned her 1-year-old and attempted to drown her 5-year-old daughter. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

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