A Florida mom was shown on a video released by prosecutors choking her newborn baby twice while in the hospital, and now, the young mother admits to doing it for attention.
Brenna Winter, 19, is currently in jail facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, battery by strangulation and aggravated child abuse after the June incident in which hospital workers discovered her on camera attempting to suffocate her newborn baby. After her arrest, Winter confessed to strangling her baby twice in order to get attention.
On June 1 and 2, Winter reportedly brought her newborn daughter into the hospital, alleging that she was vomiting blood. The baby was admitted to the hospital, and on June 6, an alarm went off letting nurses know that the baby had stopped breathing. Nurses looked at the camera and were shocked to see Winter’s hands around the baby’s neck, attempting to suffocate her. Just hours later, Winter was breastfeeding her baby when the alarm went off again, and a stationed sitter said that the baby was being held to the mother’s breast so tight that it appeared she was unable to breathe.
After one of the incidents, the 19-year-old took to social media to tell friends and family that her baby had almost died.
“[She] stopped breathing and was turning blue,” wrote Winter. “I can't stop shaking. There [sic] helping her now. God that was scary. I almost lost my baby girl.”
After her arrest, Winter initially told police that she had her hands on her daughter to make sure that she was breathing, not to strangle her. Later on, however, she fully admitted to strangling her child for attention. Now, the baby is in foster care, and Winter has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.