CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say an 18-year-old Summerville mother, who was caught on video stuffing cotton down her child's throat, now faces a charge of attempted homicide by child abuse.
Court records state that Chevonne Deandra Youninger now faces a charge of attempted homicide by child abuse. According to records online, Younginer was charged last month. Younginer was originally charged with unlawful conduct towards a child.
Younginer is accused of stuffing a piece of cotton down her child's throat, covering her with a blanket and walking away at the MUSC's Children's Hospital in February of last year.
A hospital employee told officers that Younginer was videotaped stuffing an object into the baby's mouth and then several seconds later requesting assistance because the baby was not breathing.
When the video was reviewed, officers say they saw Younginer tear a cotton ball sized object from a stuffed animal's hat and push the object into the baby's mouth. According to the report, after several seconds Younginer pushed the object further into the child's mouth and walked away. Almost immediately the tape shows the child begins to struggle to breathe.
Police say the white object in the child's mouth could be seen on the tape. Soon after, nurses appear in the room and begin hitting the child on the back until she coughed up the white object. MUSC police arrested Younginer minutes later.
According to MUSC officials, the reason the baby was under video surveillance was because the child had suffered from "numerous, life-threatening episodes."