A mother of twins in California has been accused of suffocating her “fussy” eight-month-old daughter while breastfeeding her by refusing to allow her to come up for air.
Suspect Celina Juarez, 29 – from San Jose, California state, USA – was arrested by police on 4th November.
She reportedly referred to her baby – named in court documents as Melani – as “fussy”.
She is said to have refused to allow her to come up for air while breastfeeding causing her to suffocate and die.
She then allegedly did the same thing with her other twin, who has not been named but who survived.
Juarez reportedly asked her mother for help after the twins had been unresponsive for 20 minutes and they managed to revive one of them.
When Juarez’s brother got home, he reportedly called 911.
Newsflash obtained a statement from the San Jose Police Department on 18th November saying: “On November 4th, 2022, at approximately 3:16 PM, Officers responded to the 1400 block of Hurlingham Way for a call of unconscious 8-month-old infant twins. One of the children had stopped breathing.
“When they arrived, officers immediately began CPR on the infant who was not breathing. Medics arrived as well and took over lifesaving measures. Both infants were transported to local hospitals.
“On November 5th, one of the twins was pronounced deceased at the hospital while in intensive care.
“Homicide detectives and members of the Santa Clara County Severe Child Injury and Death (SCID) team began a comprehensive and thorough investigation into this incident.
“Suspect Juarez, mother of the twins, was caring for both at the time of this incident. During the preliminary stages of this investigation, she suffered from an unknown medical emergency and was subsequently transported to a local hospital where she remained until November 16.
“An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect charging her with homicide. On November 16, she was taken into custody in San José by the Metro Unit and subsequently booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.” (sic)
The investigation is ongoing.