Woman Allegedly Tried to Suffocate 'Evil' Baby After Giving Birth in Toilet

A Nevada woman was arrested for allegedly trying to suffocate her newborn with a blanket after giving birth in a toilet.

Las Vegas police were called to a nearby hospital Sunday morning after Ashley Hollingsworth, 23, attempted to drop off the baby and left, according to jail records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"After seeing the baby's eyes, smelling what she described as an abnormal scent, and the baby grunting at her, Ashley decided to wrap the blanket around the baby's head," the police report read.

Hollingsworth's aunt and uncle told authorities that Hollingsworth delivered the baby in the guest bathroom on Saturday evening. Police were also told the family took her to the hospital due to the "baby's condition," the Review-Journal reported.

During the drive to the hospital, police alleged that Hollingsworth attempted to kill the newborn by "smothering her with a blanket."

Deliberately killing a young child is the 13th leading death among children under the age of 1 in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, most infanticide attempts take place within 24 hours of birth and are typically perpetrated by the mother, which is also known as maternal filicide.

When the first national safe haven law was enacted in 1999, all 50 states enacted similar laws that make it legal for individuals to safely leave their unwanted babies in designated locations such as fire departments or hospitals.

Her uncle also told police that he heard the baby stop crying and "found Hollingsworth squishing a blanket over the girl's face" at least twice before he took the child away.

Nearly two hours later, police found Hollingsworth near the hospital with bloody pants and a large head wound, which police said were self-inflicted.

She was taken to another hospital and was later interviewed by police on Tuesday. During the interview, Hollingsworth—who was diagnosed with an undisclosed medical condition four years ago—told police she was not taking prescribed medication while she was pregnant.

Police wrote in the report that Hollingsworth said she believed the baby was "probably evil" and "continuously talked about prophecies and other religious ideations."

While doctors initially thought the baby suffered from a brain bleed, hospital staff determined the baby most likely suffered no injuries from the attempted smothering, according to Review-Journal.

Hollingsworth was arrested Wednesday and was charged with child abuse or neglect and attempted murder. She is being held without bail until her initial hearing next week.

Newsweek reached out to Las Vegas Police for comment.

Woman allegedly attempted to suffocate newborn
A Nevada woman was charged with child abuse or neglect and attempted murder after she allegedly tried to smother her newborn after delivering her in the toilet. Police said the woman stated she believed the baby was "evil." zoka74/iStock