Shantaniqua Scott confessed to cops she wanted her ‘carefree’ life back. How horrifying!
Thankfully doctors disturbed the grisly scene in time to save four-month-old Raymond. Shantaniqua is now on trial. Should she be locked up for life?
Medics suspected Shantaniqua Scott, 18, was abusing her baby after the pair made a number of visits to the hospital following Raymond’s birth — so they installed a hidden camera and caught her in the act!
The horrifying video, recorded in July 2010, has been played to jurors in Fort Worth, Texas. It shows her placing a blanket over Raymond’s mouth and clamping down as he struggles and fights for air.
As soon after he stops breathing, alarms ring out and a team of doctors and nurses rush to resuscitate him.
In an emotional testimony, heart and lung specialist Dr. Sami Heed told the court the baby would have died if medics had taken any longer to get to him.
Police officers who questioned Shantaniqua after her arrest have also given evidence, revealing she confessed to smothering her tot because she found it hard being a teenage mom.
Sgt. Pedro Criado told the court, “She just basically stated that she just wanted to go back to that carefree attitude she had before she had the child.”
Raymond, thankfully, recovered and is being cared for by social workers — but doctors admit it’s too soon to know if he has suffered any lasting damage from his mom’s attack.
Shantaniqua, meanwhile, is facing a life sentence if convicted on two counts of causing serious bodily injury to a child.
How would you punish this teenage mom?
— Ian Garland
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