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Published May 04, 2012, 08:17 PM

Charges: Mom Tried to Suffocate Baby in Hospital

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Hutchinson woman who told police she was stressed out by her child care responsibilities was charged Friday with trying to suffocate her 5-month-old baby in a St. Paul hospital.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Hutchinson woman who told police she was stressed out by her child care responsibilities was charged Friday with trying to suffocate her 5-month-old baby in a St. Paul hospital.

Prosecutors charged Katie Elaine Lewis, 24, with assault, child endangerment and domestic assault by strangulation.

She allegedly pinched the baby's nose closed while covering his nose and mouth, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/JZcEJm ). The boy kicked frantically then went limp. Her actions were caught on video.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said a hospital staffer stopped the assault, and the infant is now in good condition.

The baby had been admitted to Children's Hospital in St. Paul on Tuesday, after he was monitored and tested at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis for several days. Lewis had reported that the baby would stop breathing, turn blue and then regain consciousness on several occasions.

According to the complaint, staffers at Children's in St. Paul told Lewis they could find nothing wrong with him so they planned to release him in a few hours. A nurse later saw, via a video monitor, that Lewis was pinching the baby's nose closed. Police were called and arrested Lewis.

The complaint said Lewis told police she did the same thing at Children's in Minneapolis on April 22, but denied doing it the several other times since February that she claimed the boy stopped breathing.

Lewis told police repeatedly after describing each incident "how frustrated and stressed she is by having virtually all the child care responsibilities" for the baby and her older child, the complaint said. "Lewis finally admitted she 'snapped' and did something very wrong."

Her lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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