Hutchinson Woman Charged with Attempting to Smother Son 05 May 12

A Hutchinson woman was charged Friday with three crimes involving her 5-month-old infant son.

According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, 24-year-old Katie Elaine Lewis was charged with one count each of Endangerment of a Child, Domestic Assault by Strangulation, and Third-Degree Assault.

According to the criminal complaint, St. Paul Police responded to a 911 call from a staffer at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul on Wednesday. Lewis brought her infant in the previous day for tests, and hospital workers found nothing wrong with him. Staff became suspicious when Lewis insisted that her infant had stopped breathing and turned blue.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a staffer witnessed Lewis pinching her infant’s nose while covering his mouth. The infant “kicked frantically when he could not breathe.” Her actions were caught on video at the hospital.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi hailed the hospital staffer for halting the crime. “This is a sad and terrifying act by a mother against her infant son. Thankfully a quick-acting hospital staffer stepped in to stop the assault, and now the infant is in good condition and in a secure location.”

According to the complaint, Lewis told police she did the same thing at another hospital last month, but denied doing it other times when she says the boy stopped breathing.

Lewis made her first appearance in Ramsey County District Court Friday afternoon.