Family Crimes

Cops: Mom Smothers Baby To Death With Comforter

The mother allegedly told police she thought about killing herself and her three children while her fiancé was not around because she couldn't take it anymore.

A baby is dead after allegedly being smothered to death with a comforter by her own mother.

23-year-old Amber Cherie Sagarnaga of Glendale, Arizona was arrested on Friday night after her fiancé found the child lifeless when he returned from work.

When police arrived, they said that Sagarnaga was ‘lacking emotion’ while her fiance “was on the phone with 911 in a panic while doing CPR” according to CBS 5.

The 6-month-old child was pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital. According to ABC 15, the baby was wearing a diaper that looked like it hadn't been changed for over a day.

According to court paperwork obtained by CBS 5, the mother allegedly “admitted she thought about killing herself and the three children while her fiance was not around because she couldn't take it anymore.”

She allegedly told police she had battled depression her whole life, something that has only worsened after having children. Her fiancé reportedly said she uses marijuana to self medicate. The couple have two other children together, ages 2 and 3.

When the fiancé came home to find that the baby had stopped breathing, he allegedly told Sagarnaga to start cleaning the house for fear that their children will be taken away. According to police, their apartment was dirty. The fiancé then called 911 from a neighbor’s home.

According to CBS 5, investigators believe that Sagarnaga tucked a comforter around the baby, "then pushed down with force on the comforter where [the baby's] face was at for an unknown amount of time."

Sagarnaga allegedly claimed the baby was still crying after that and she left the child under the comforter. The mother also said she planned to give the baby up for adoption “but couldn’t.”

She faces a second-degree murder charge and is being held on $500,000 bond.

[Maricopa County Sheriff's Office]

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