Baby Nearly Smothered With Baby Wipe; Mother and Boyfriend Charged

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A man is accused of stuffing a baby wipe down an infant's throat.

That baby's mom is also facing a charge related to the case.

The mother, Shawna Childers, and her boyfriend, Jonathan Crum, are both under investigation after police showed up at Childers' house in Johnson County.

Police say the mother took her baby to the hospital, but now she and her boyfriend are charged with the crime.

Shauna Childers took her eight month old to the Highlands Regional Emergency Room with breathing problems, but doctors were immediately suspicious, and called police.

The abuse charges came when doctors discovered why the baby couldn't breathe.

They found baby wipes lodged in the baby's throat...cutting off his air.

Investigators say doctors didn't believe the child could have swallowed the wipes on his own.

Childers told investigators she wasn't at home when it happened.

“The mother left the infant child with Johnathan Crum, when she returned, she found the child with difficulty breathing and that's when the child was taken to the emergency room,” Trooper Scott Hopkins said.

The baby is now in serious condition at UK Children's Hospital in Lexington.

Crum is charged with first degree criminal abuse and childers is charged with complicity because she left the child alone with Crum.

Crum already pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Childers was just brought from Lexington to Paintsville Wednesday afternoon.

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