A Florida woman who is accused of killing a 2-month-old boy claims she blacked out and doesn’t know how she ended up on top of him, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they responded to a home in Fort Meade on July 3 after someone reported that an infant wasn’t breathing after falling out of his crib.
Judith Torres-Garcia, 31, said she was sleeping around 1 p.m. when the infant’s cries woke her up, so she went to check on the baby but then she “blacked out” and couldn’t remember what happened, records show.
Hipolito Juarez, who was also at the home at the time, said he was in bed when he “heard a smack,” got out of bed and saw Torres-Garcia on the ground with the baby underneath her, according to a news release.
Deputies said 32-year-old Juarez picked up the baby and realized he was unresponsive, so he and Torres-Garcia called 911. When first responders arrived, they said they noticed the victim wasn’t breathing, his eyes were closed and he didn’t have a pulse.
Polk County Fire Rescue airlifted the baby to Tampa General Hospital in extremely critical condition, saying the child had a skull fracture. When the infant arrived at the hospital, doctors said he had multiple head fractures and severe brain bleeding.
The child died later that evening.
Records show the boy had redness to the front of his head and swelling on the sides.
After an autopsy was completed, the medical examiner said the infant had several head injuries, contusions on the body, and an injury to the right leg. The cause of death was ruled a homicide.
A medical examiner reported that the boy suffered multiple skull fractures, bleeding inside and outside his skull and an injury to his leg and as a result, ruled the death as a homicide, according to the report.
In light of those findings, Torres-Garcia and Juarez were asked to do a reenactment of what happened to the victim on July 3.
Torres-Garcia said she and Juarez were in bed when she heard the victim “baby talking” in his bassinet in the other side of the room so she got up to tend to him, records show.
She told the boy, “Hey good morning. Good afternoon, gimmie your lil hands,” and from there she claims she blacked out, the affidavit said.
The next thing she remembered was Juarez asking her where the boy was as she was standing up off the floor and her replying that he was in the bassinet, records show.
As they investigated at the home, deputies said they found methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
Torres-Garcia and Juarez both face charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Torres-Garcia faces an additional charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.