Vero Beach, FL – Woman Arrested After Trying to Suffocate Baby in Parking Lot

June 10, 2019

Vero Beach, FL (June 10, 2019) – On Tuesday evening, police arrested 19-year-old Aniyah Thomas after she allegedly attempted to suffocate her 6-month-old baby in a parking lot.

Indian River County Police originally became alerted to a post on the woman’s Facebook saying that she was going to kill herself and her child. Her cellphone was then pinged to a Walmart in Vero Beach. When deputies arrived, they found her vehicle in the parking lot.

Thomas was discovered by deputies in the driver’s seat with the infant, who was facedown on her chest. They watched her wrap her arms around the child and started squeezing them in a motion to suffocate the baby.

The deputies made verbal comments telling her to stop but, when she did not respond to them, the deputy shattered the driver’s side window to retrieve the baby. Thomas has since been apprehended and charged with felony child abuse and resisting arrest.

The baby is currently in the care of relatives and is doing okay.

Vero Beach Child Abuse Laws

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