Mother accused of trying to suffocate baby in hospital

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:22:48 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2014 05:44:57 PM EDT

Authorities say a teen mother tried to suffocate her baby in an Orlando hospital room.


An 18-year-old mother was arrested on suspicion of trying to suffocate her baby in an Orlando hospital room.

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Brenna Elise Winter, of St. Cloud, was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder, battery by strangulation and aggravated child abuse.

According to court documents, Winter took her 3-month-old daughter to Nemours Hospital earlier this month because the baby was vomiting blood.

After undergoing some tests, the baby was OK'd to go home, but she was brought back later for the same symptoms, officials said.

According to authorities, an alarm was triggered in the hospital because of the child's condition, and a video monitoring system in the room showed Winter beside her baby with her hands inside the crib.  Nurses checked on the baby, but hours later the child had to be revived when the alarm again sounded, court documents stated. 

Investigators said Winter admitted to trying to suffocate her daughter because Winter wanted attention.  She also said she once placed her finger down her daughter's throat, scratching the girl's mouth.

Winter was arrested and being held on no bond at the Orange County Jail.

The baby was later released from the hospital and placed in foster care, officials said.

The video from the monitoring system at the hospital is not recorded.

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