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OMFG! GRAPHIC video

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:01 AM
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http://www.ksdk.com/news/world/article/259599/28/Video-shows-mother-attempt-to-smother-her-baby


NBC - Jurors in a Fort Worth, Texas trial watched dramatic hospital surveillance video Wednesday that showed a young mother smothering her 4-month-old son with a blanket and then her hand.

Shantaniqua Scott, 18, is accused of two counts of injury to a child with serious bodily injury. If convicted, she could be sentenced to life in prison.

The baby was later released from the hospital in stable condition. He's now in foster care.

Doctors at Cook Childrens Medical Center testified they put the baby in a room with a hidden camera because they suspected he was a victim of child abuse. The child arrived at the hospital in July after he had stopped breathing. At first, doctors thought he suffered from severe reflux -- when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus. The baby underwent surgery to correct the condition.

A day or two later, he mysteriously stopped breathing again, Dr. Sami Hadeed testified.

Hadeed, a child lung specialist, said he was shocked at what he saw when he reviewed the surveillance video. The video shows Scott placing a blanket over the baby's face for more than 20 seconds.

A nurse briefly enters the room. Scott paces the floor and appears to check her cell phone.

The courtroom watched in absolute silence during what happened next. The camera captured Scott covering her baby's face with her bare hand.

At first, the baby kicks and fights back. By the time she removes her hand one minute and 14 seconds later, the baby appears limp.

Seconds later, with alarms indicating the baby had stopped breathing going off, doctors and nurses rush in to resuscitate him. Hadeed testified that the baby would have died had they not been there to help.

"I still get emotional," Hadeed said. "I get night sweats when I think about it. I take care of the sickest of the sick. His life was being put in danger by someone who was supposed to take care of him."

Earlier Wednesday, jurors heard an audio tape of Scott's confession to Fort Worth detective Dennis Hutchins. On the tape, Scott admitted to smothering her baby. She said it was hard being a teenage mother, complained that the baby's father didn't help and added that she didn't want to deal with the stress anymore.

Doctors said it's not known if the child will have any lasting injuries from the lack of oxygen.

At one point under cross examination, Scott's attorney, David Jones asked Hadeed, "Was there an actual injury he suffered?"

"He suffered a significant lack of oxygen," the doctor answered. "It almost killed him."

Prosecutors in the courtroom of Tarrant County District Judge Scott Wisch rested their case late Wednesday. Jones declined to say whether he will call any witnesses or possibly put Scott on the stand in her own defense.

NBC

by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:01 AM
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krayzbabylove
by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:03 AM

 I cant spell this word but i will try... munchausen by proxy... sounds like that. Very sad, and a very very severe mental problem. I will not watch the video, because i saw a video like this, and i almost threw up.. i cant handle it but it is a very serious, and under acknowledged mental illness.

justinnaimee
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2011 at 3:06 AM


Quoting krayzbabylove:

 I cant spell this word but i will try... munchausen by proxy... sounds like that. Very sad, and a very very severe mental problem. I will not watch the video, because i saw a video like this, and i almost threw up.. i cant handle it but it is a very serious, and under acknowledged mental illness.

Not even close. Munchausen mothers make their children sick simply for the attention. This 'mother' smothered her newborn because she was tired and alone. To me it seems to be a case of PPD. She needs help on top of a prison sentence.

ikesmommy00
by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Wow! That's very sickening of that woman! I hope she gets life & everyone in there tortures her a$$ like she did to that baby. I look @ my 4 month old, & CAN'T imagine ANYTHING happening to him...I stay awake late just to make sure he is breathing. This just breaks my heart. :(

1stxmommy411
by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:11 AM

Same here with my 7 week old. I hope she really does get life too and not get 15 years with parole or anything giving her hope to get out. ugh.

Quoting ikesmommy00:

Wow! That's very sickening of that woman! I hope she gets life & everyone in there tortures her a$$ like she did to that baby. I look @ my 4 month old, & CAN'T imagine ANYTHING happening to him...I stay awake late just to make sure he is breathing. This just breaks my heart. :(


krayzbabylove
by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:12 AM

 

Quoting justinnaimee:


Quoting krayzbabylove:

 I cant spell this word but i will try...munchausen by proxy... sounds like that. Very sad, and a very very severe mental problem. I will not watch the video, because i saw a video like this, and i almost threw up.. i cant handle it but it is a very serious, and under acknowledged mental illness.

Not even close. Munchausen mothers make their children sick simply for the attention. This 'mother' smothered her newborn because she was tired and alone. To me it seems to be a case of PPD. She needs help on top of a prison sentence.

 Very very possible. I must say though, that my MIL did a research project on this illness, and that is where i saw the FBI released video of a father smothering his child until the toddler passed out and ran out the door to alert the doctors attention, acting as if he had no idea why his child kept ceasing to breathe. It is very hard to prove that a person has this illness, and so the FBI places cameras in hospital rooms, and catches the parents in the act. It is not all about the child being sick, it is about the attention, so parents sometimes break their children's arm, or leg, or poison them, or suffocate them, for the chance to get into the ER, and get attention.

cutestmom24
by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:12 AM
What a fucked up bitch .(parden my french)
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1stxmommy411
by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:16 AM

I feel the same way! Include stupid, selfish in that too!

Quoting cutestmom24:

What a fucked up bitch .(parden my french)


xxLukesMamaxx
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:02 AM

I saw this on another post and I still think it's sick and sad!

Tori_S
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:04 AM
:'(
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monalisasus
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM
Something has to be off mentally to do that....i agree severe ppd coupled with immatureity perhaps. should be punished thougj
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