Court documents: 21-year-old mother tried to smother her baby 3 separate times

A 21-year-old Phoenix mother, Emily Morissette, was arrested last week on suspicion of child abuse after telling police she stopped her 2-month-old son from breathing on three different occasions.

The mother told police that she placed her right hand over her baby’s mouth until he stopped breathing, Maricopa County court documents show.

Morissette also said she knew she stopped the baby’s breathing because he turned pale and blue. Morissette revived the baby using CPR and called 911, the court documents said.

Morissette continued to tell police that this was the third time she has done this, and the first two times happened between July 23 and July 27, the court paperwork shows.

Two of the incidents happened at her home in Phoenix; the third occurred at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road.

After the mother put her hand over the child’s mouth and he stopped breathing, she pulled the emergency cord and the hospital staff revived him, the court documents stated.

Morissette was arrested Oct. 25 and booked into a Maricopa County jail, where she is being held on a $100,000 bond. Her court date was not immediately available.

 

 

 

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