SouA Pennsylvania mother who was “co-sleeping” with her 2-month-old girl has been charged in connection with the tot’s death, police said.
Shante R. Plummer, of Steelton, was charged Saturday on charges of criminal homicide and threatening the welfare of children after a yearlong inquiry into the girl’s death in October 2018, the Patriot-News reports.
The newborn, whose name was not cleared, died at a hospital subsequent medics couldn’t revive her. Plummer had first called 911 to report that her daughter was having breathing problems, according to an arrest warrant testimony obtained by the press.
Plummer told prosecutors that she had been attending for the girl and many other children at the home by herself since the baby’s dad did not live with her, the affidavit states.
Plummer first told police that she was awoken by the girl crying while co-sleeping with her daughter, whom she discovered on the floor next to the bed. She called the police and was told how to do CPR on the child, according to the testimony.
But Plummer next told paramedics that she woke up to find her child unresponsive, leaving out the detail that she was awakened by her daughter crying, the affidavit states.
A post-mortem found that the girl had six cracked ribs, injuries that prosecutors believe were not created by CPR. Authorities doubt Plummer — who weighed 280 pounds — rolled onto the baby and rested atop her for “some period of time” after smoking high-grade narcotics the night before, WPMT reports.
Plummer’s uneven bed also expected played a role in the girl’s passing, as she napped on the left side of the bed, which was 8 inches higher than the right side, the affidavit states.
Plummer, who cops tell called the baby’s dad and spoke to him for “some time” before calling 911, continues held without bail at Dauphin County Prison. She’s assumed to make her initial court presentation Tuesday.