VERO BEACH – A 19-year-old woman was arrested after making threats of suicide and attempting to suffocate her baby in the Walmart parking lot in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Aniyah Thomas, of Cocoa, was charged with Child Abuse and is still being held at the Indian River County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Deputies said they were alerted about a Facebook message posted on Thomas’ page making threats to kill herself and end the life of her baby, according to the affidavit.
Law enforcement said her cell phone was pinging in the Walmart parking lot. A vehicle matching the description was located where deputies found Thomas and the infant.
“As I approached the vehicle, Aniyah reclined the driver seat and placed the infant face down on her chest. Aniyah then wrapped her right arm around the back of the infant’s head and wrapped her left arm around the upper torso of the infant in a hugging position. Aniyah started to squeeze the infant, which appeared to be suffocating,” the deputy said.
The deputy ordered Thomas to stop, which she refused. The deputy then shattered the driver side window and rescued the infant. Thomas was subsequently arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail.
Anyone who is suicidal may receive immediate help by logging onto Suicide.org or by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Suicide is preventable, and if you are feeling suicidal, you must get help.
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