Mother Arrested For Putting Bag Over Infant's Head As "Joke": Cops

Courtney McBride tried to justify her actions by saying that it was a "joke," authorities said

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012  |  Updated 11:01 AM EDT
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A woman was arrested after she took a photo "as a joke" of her infant in a garbage bag with a plastic bag over the baby's head, Davie Police said.

Courtney Shanvice McBride, 20, was arrested Sunday and faces charges of child neglect and child abuse, intentional act that could result in physical/mental injury, a complaint affidavit said.

On Sunday, a woman called the Davie Police to say her brother, who was out of town, was the 5-month-old baby's father, and he had received the photo, authorities said.

McBride had sent the photo by text message to the baby's father on March 31, the affidavit said.

"McBride stated that she took the picture quickly. She stated she placed a Publix plastic bag on the infant's head and placed her  (the infant) in the kitchen garbage quickly taking the picture with her phone," the affidavit said.

Authorities said she tried to justify her actions by telling them she didn't tie the bag.

While speaking to deputies, she consistently said "It was a joke," the affidavit said.

Authorities said they found that McBride had intentionally put the bag over the baby's head, covering the eyes, mouth and nose, which restricted her breathing. And then she put the child in a garbage container lined with another bag.

"It is believed that McBride's intentional actions should reasonably expected to cause physical harm to the infant," the affidavit said. 

It wasn't immediately known if she had an attorney.

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