A Mississippi mother was arrested after she allegedly sent texts claiming that she choked her infant daughter and abandoned her in the woods, The Clarion Ledger reported.
Santangela Turner, 26, was arrested after a witness apparently contacted Child Protective Services after receiving texts from Turner in which she reportedly said she had choked the baby girl with a car charger and left her in the woods next to her apartment complex, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.
Child Protective Services then contacted Jones County Sheriff’s Department on December 13, a statement by the sheriff’s department said.
Turner also allegedly sent photos to the witness showing a white cord around the infant’s neck, threatening more harm to the girl.
The mother then sent more photos. One allegedly showed her pulling the cord tighter around the baby’s neck as the little girl cried; another showed the infant lying on her back with a knife pointed at her neck.
Authorities issued a warrant for Turner’s arrest for felonious child abuse, and she turned herself in on December 18. She made her first court appearance on December 19 at Jones County Justice Court, according to People, but has not yet entered an official plea. It is unclear at this time if she has an attorney who can speak on her behalf.
According to Fox 23, Turner's family said in court that she has postpartum depression and is seeking treatment.
A sheriff told People that the infant girl is currently safe and living with her father.
[Photo: Jones County Sheriff’s Department]