BERNE, Ind. (WANE) - A mother was charged with attempted murder and neglect of a dependent after police said she tried to suffocate her infant son with a sock and then left him in a closet face down.
According to the police report, on October 13, Sasha J. Hunt, 22, of Berne, placed a sock over the mouth of her three-month-old son and wrapped tape around his head to keep the sock in place. Hunt then wrapped the infant in a blanket, put him face down on a pillow, and shut the baby inside of a closet.
Sasha’s husband, Nathan Hunt, also of Berne, told police he left their home for about 15 to 20 minutes at around 12:45 that morning. When he came back into the home, he asked his wife if she was ready for bed. Hunt answered “yes.”
Nathan went downstairs to the living room to turn off the television when he heard a muffled cry coming from the second floor. Nathan told police it sounded like his son had rolled over on his face.
When Nathan ran upstairs to check on the baby, Sasha followed him and yelled at him to stop. Nathan checked the crib for the baby, but he wasn’t in the crib. He then opened the closet to his other child’s room and found the infant inside of the closet face down on the floor, wrapped in a blue blanket with his arms wrapped next to his body.
Nathan told police he immediately took the tape off of the baby’s face and took the sock out of his mouth.
Sasha told her husband, "that's not me." She also said that "what she had done scared her and she just lost control."
After making sure his son was safe, Nathan told Sasha she had a choice: she could turn herself in and go to Behavior Health at the Adams Memorial Hospital or he was going to turn her into the police.
Sasha checked into the hospital at around 1:45 a.m. on October 13, according to the police report.
Nathan told police that Sasha suffered from Bipolar disorder and is currently under a doctor’s care and taking medication for the disorder.
Before attempting to suffocate her child, Sasha had pushed air conditioners out of the window, kicked holes in doors and walls, physically attacked her husband, and handled her three-month-old son roughly, according to the police report.
Nathan told police that two weeks prior to this incident, Sasha had crushed up one of her prescription pills and put it in his drink without him knowing. She told him she did it because “he was too boring.”
Bruises were also showing up on the baby’s face at about that same time, according to Nathan. When Nathan questioned Sasha about the bruises, she told him the bruises were from their one-year-old child and the baby himself.
According to the police report, Sasha then told Nathan she wished the baby had never been born. She also said she hated the baby and just wished he would die.
After officers collected evidence from the Hunt’s home in Berne, police ordered a non-voluntary committal to Behavior Health for Sasha.
Sasha was arrested on an arrest warrant Wednesday on the following charges:
- Attempted Murder, a class A felony
- Neglect of a Dependent, a class C felony
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