The mother accused of stuffing a cotton-ball-size object down her child’s throat at Medical University Hospital early last year now faces a charge of trying to kill the child during the Feb. 2 incident.
Chevonne Deandra Younginer, 18, of Bonnie Lane in Summerville, had been charged with child neglect. On Nov. 13, a Charleston County grand jury handed down a new indictment of attempted homicide by child abuse. The new charge stems from the same case.
Younginer attempted to cause the death of her child, who was 6 months old at the time, “while committing child abuse or neglect under circumstances manifesting in an extreme indifference to human life,” according to the indictment.
Younginer was caught on camera inside her child’s hospital room, which was being monitored, after the child was checked in because of what was described by MUSC police as “history of life-threatening episodes.”
A recording showed Younginer taking a cotton-ball-size object, described as a white cloth ball taken from a stuffed toy bear’s hat, and shoving the item into the child’s mouth, according to an MUSC police incident report.
As Younginer walked away, “the child almost immediately appears to begin struggling to breathe,” the police narrative also said. MUSC staff then held the child face down and delivered several blows to her back. The baby vomited, and the white ball was dislodged.
Prosecutors with the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, who are handling the case, would not comment at this point in the case.
It was unclear Wednesday whether Younginer was being represented by an attorney.
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Chevonne Deandra Younginer, of Summerville, 18 has been charged with unlawful conduct towards a child in relation to an incident that occurred at the Medical University of SC in which a mother stuffed a cotton-ball-sized object taken from a toy animal down her baby’s throat.×