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Mom suspected of trying to smother 11-month-old to remain in jail

Posted on: October 24, 2009

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Mom suspected of trying to smother 11-month-old to remain in jail

Photo: Mom accused of trying to kill babyChristina Marie Mcintyre, 23, has been charged with trying to kill her 11-month-old son so she could return to work, Titusville police said today. (TITUSVILLE POLICE / October 22, 2009)
TITUSVILLE – A 23-year-old Titusville mother charged with trying to kill her 11-month-old son so she could return to work will remain in Brevard County Jail, officials said today.

Christina Marie Mcintyre of Coleridge Drive was charged with attempted domestic felony murder, aggravated child abuse, child abuse and child neglect causing great bodily harm.

In a court hearing this afternoon, Mcintyre was denied bond in the attempted felony murder charge, but was granted bond of $50,000 each on the three remaining counts.

Titusville police said Mcintyre tried to smother the child earlier this month, even using the baby’s 2-year-old brother to do the job using a blanket and bean bag chair, but changed her mind and called 911 for help. Though she put the child up to it, she disciplined the 2-year-old later, police said.

During the Oct. 6 call, police said, Mcintyre waited about two minutes before telling the operator the child was not breathing and beginning a half-hearted attempt at cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Rescuers arrived moments later and revived the child. She reported the baby’s illness as apnea during the call.

About a week later, on Oct. 15, the state Department of Children and Families reported Mcintyre to police, claiming that during tests for apnea at several hospitals in Central Florida, doctors determined the child was fine and his mother was the cause of breathing problems.

In one procedure that was being videotaped, police said, Mcintyre interfered and may have harmed the baby again.

“Each time the mother reported the child was not breathing, she was either in front of the camera, or the camera caught part of the incident and showed there was nothing wrong with the child,” according to a police arrest report. “The victim was also attached to an apnea monitor, which showed no distress.”

Police said Mcintyre admitted she tried to kill the baby.

“The defendant explained that she wanted to go back to work, but could not afford day care for both kids,” according to the police report. “She stated that if the infant died, she could afford to put the older child in day care so she could work.”

Police said Mcintyre also admitted she exaggerated and fabricated the apnea incidents to doctors and hospitals as a cover for his breathing difficulties. She said she was afraid her children would be taken away, police said.

Medical records show he had four doctor appointments and three hospitalizations since Sept. 21 regarding apnea, police said. He also had numerous invasive tests, which prosecutors say amounted to aggravated child abuse.

Both children are in DCF custody.

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