THE father of a five-month-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly he stuffed a balled up baby wipe down the child’s throat.
Michael Hurley, 32, was looking after the infant alone when the child’s mother arrived back in the early evening at their home in Tarpon Springs, Florida to find him choking.
Michael Hurley, from Florida, has been charged with attempted murder allegedly assaulting his baby son[/caption]
Police said he was holding the baby with his fingers down his throat and claimed he was trying to grab something but said his fingers were too big.
When she realised what was happening, the child’s mother grabbed him, ran outside and screamed for help, at which point neighbours came to her aid.
One of them held the child upside down while his mother used her two index fingers to pull the wipe out of his mouth.
When officers arrived, Hurley told them that he “knows this looks bad”, claimed it was a “freak accident” and that he couldn’t remember what happened, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
At one point his eyes rolled back into his head and he stopped breathing
But they became suspicious after finding the wipe was tightly balled up and was saturated in blood, leading them to believe it had been intentionally stuffed down the baby’s throat.
Hurley has now been charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Neighbour Cali’yah Anderson, 40, said she helped to resuscitate the baby as Hurley stood in the kitchen looking on while the child’s mother begged him to call 911.
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She said the baby was struggling to breathe and gurgling blood.
“At one point his eyes rolled back into his head and he stopped breathing and I just yelled ‘You can’t die in my arms!’?” she said.
An ambulance arrived after about 30 minutes and the child was taken to Mease Countryside hospital before later being transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, where he is on life support.