Woman suffocates newborn for crying on day they came home from hospital
A North Carolina woman is accused of killing her newborn son, smothering the baby on the day she brought him home from the hospital because he wouldn't stop crying, officials said.
Aishia Marie Pacheco was charged with second-degree murder after 4-day-old Tyler Pacheco was found unresponsive with bruising on his lips and nose Tuesday, the Alexander County Sheriff's Office told reporters.
"I woke up this morning, he's not breathing. I can't get him to move or anything," she told a 911 operator, according to audio obtained by WBTV.
Pacheco allegedly told police that she suffocated the baby because he wouldn't stop crying.
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"That she held the baby up to her chest because the baby had been crying and actually smothered the child," Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said, choking up as he talked to reporters about the incident.
"It is tough," he said.
Little Tyler was pronounced dead at the home and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for an autopsy. He is believed to have allegedly been killed on the night he was brought home from the hospital.
"My little boy Tyler Isaiah and I finally got to come home today," she wrote on Facebook on May 23. "He is doing great and I love him so much. I'm learning a lot with him and I'm so proud to be his mom.
"Labor was tough and recovery is even tougher but I'm doing it for my son," she continued.
Pacheco apologized for what she had allegedly done as she made her way to court Wednesday.
"It was an accident. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do it," she told WBTV.
Messages on Pacheco's Facebook offering congratulations quickly turned into condemnations after she was arrested.
"Loved him so much you murdered him huh....?????" one friend posted.
"Disgusting POS!" another wrote. "How dare you kill an innocent baby...hope they give you what you deserve in jail. Murderer! I hope justice is served."
A man who identified himself as the baby's biological father also took to social media to express his grief in losing his son.
"[You] didn't deserve to get killed and I hope [you] are watching over me," he wrote on Facebook. "I wish [your] mom would have called me or my mom [you] would have the best life with me."
Pacheco had recently lost her fiancé, Alex Bond, who committed suicide on May 12, officials said. He was reportedly not Tyler's father, but expressed excitement to welcome the child into the world.
"Can't wait to hold my son he's coming pretty soon I just cant wait this is the best thing that ever happend (sic) to me," he wrote.
Bond's death was officially determined to be caused by self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest and shot down rumors that Pacheco is believed to have been involved, Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told InsideEdition.com.
"Two witnesses that saw [what happened] said she wasn't even in the room when he did this," Reid said.
Pacheco was held on $1 million bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 6.