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Mother charged with attempted murder of 11-month-old son

Posted on: October 27, 2009

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Mother charged with attempted murder of 11-month-old son

BY AMANDA STRATFORD • FLORIDA TODAY • October 22, 2009

TITUSVILLE — A single mother is charged with the attempted murder of her 11-month-old son after she admitted watching as her 2-year-old toddler smothered the infant until he stopped breathing.

Titusville police arrested Christina McIntyre, 23, after she told detectives she did nothing as the child struggled and fought for air, but did nothing because she thought her life would be easier if the infant was dead. She said she wanted to go back to work and could not afford day care for both children, investigators said.

McIntyre called 9-1-1 on Oct. 6, and the infant was transported to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. He has recovered and is in custody of the state Department of Children and Families Services along with his 2-year-old brother.

Police were alerted to possible abuse after McIntyre gave conflicting statements to various doctors about what had happened.

McIntyre is charged with attempted felony murder, aggravated child abuse, child abuse and child neglect.


Contact Stratford at 360-1016 or astratford@floridatoday.com

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