A new mom is behind bars in Texas after authorities say she repeatedly sat on her 4-month-old baby, at one point asking “Why don’t you die?”
Meredith Nicole Deen, 20, is facing attempted capital murder charges after authorities say she confessed to repeatedly attacking the child, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office obtained by The Houston Chronicle.
Deen’s boyfriend told authorities that he had arrived home late Thursday or early Friday and that Deen told him she had punched the baby and wanted to throw it against the wall.
He took the child, fed the infant and put the baby to bed, but a short time later he told authorities he saw Deen put pillows and blankets on top of the baby and sit on top of the pillows.
He pulled her off the baby, but he said she later returned and tried again.
“Why don’t you die,” she said, according to the affidavit. “Why are you still alive.”
On Friday morning, the woman’s live-in boyfriend drove her and the baby to the baby’s daycare. He told one of the staff members about what had happened and they called the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, KHOU reports. The baby was later evaluated by a physician and was found to have no visible injuries.
Deen later told deputies that she had been frustrated with the baby after her mom had refused to help care for the child and that she didn't think she could take care of the child on her own.
She admitted to punching the child in the torso and placing a pillow over the baby’s face in two different incidents, according to the affidavit.
Deen is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
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