Woman Charged With Child Abuse, After Suffocating 2-Month-Old Baby
GAINESVILLE - On this Mother's Day, some moms are being honored for their caring ways, while others are paying for the abuse on their children. One woman in North Central Florida continues to be behind bars after trying to silence her baby by suffocating him.
This young mother called 911 in reference to her 2-month-old infant not breathing and coughing up blood. Law enforcement says she spontaneously said that she didn't mean to hurt her baby. However according to police reports she did.
"That's messed up. That ain't a good momma," said Paul Teror, a neighbor.
Neighbors can only imagine what happened inside of V-169 at Forest Green Apartments. According to police reports, 21-year-old Veronica Buchanan admitted that she became aggravated when her 2 month old son started crying. She said the baby would cry for hours until she picked him up and held him.
James Roberts another neighbor said, "She was probably stressed out from being a single mother. She was probably watching the baby alone for too many hours and got frustrated and aggravated with the baby and things got a little extreme. And she took some bad actions."
On Friday afternoon, Buchanan kept her hand on her baby's mouth and nose for several minutes, until the child stopped crying and breathing. The baby was transported to the UF Health Shands Hospital with life threatening injuries. A cat-scan later showed the infant had internal injuries to his chest and stomach.
"Sometimes your tolerance level is going to be real low, the noise, the crying, the feeding the pamper changing, everything is going to get to you sometimes. But you've got to be bigger than it and push through it," Roberts said.
During the investigation, she also made statements like—“ I'm a bad mother, I don't have patience with my children, and I didn't mean to hurt him." Buchanan also made statements to investigators indicating she abused her 2-year-old daughter. The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of both children at this point.
Some neighbors we spoke to say, Buchanan was seen walking around the complex with a blanket over the baby, before calling police. "If she did, she should be punished for that," Teror said. Neighbors say there could have been other ways to handle the situation. "Pat him on his back, walk him… do other things to stop the crying," Teror added.
Buchanan is being charged with aggravated child abuse along with aggravated battery on a child. As of Saturday the baby’s condition was critical.
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