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Infant daughter of slain Charlotte teen dies a week old

Her 15-year-old mother was dead, and her first name was listed in hospital records only as "Baby Girl."

But those who knew the infant called her Aaliyah - it was the name her mother had picked out.

Aaliyah died early Sunday, nearly a week after her mother, Tiffany Wright, was shot and killed waiting for her school bus in the Derita area of Charlotte.

Doctors were able to deliver the little girl. But she was in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center from the start. The hospital confirmed she died Sunday but did not provide details.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, already investigating Tiffany's Sept. 14 shooting death, said they would confer with Mecklenburg prosecutors to see whether Aaliyah's death also should be investigated as a homicide. Police said Sunday evening a cause of death had not yet been determined.

N.C. law on the issue is complex. In this case, it could turn on whether the baby needed life support to survive outside the womb, according to one local expert on homicide law.

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