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May202011

Jury Weighs Sentence for Teen Mom Who Tried to Smother Baby

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WACO, Texas) -- A Texas jury is weighing the sentence for a teenage mom convicted of injuring a child after a graphic video of her trying to smother the baby was shown in court.

Shantaniqua Nykole Scott, 18, of Waco, held a blanket over the face of her son, Rhaidyn, last July 16 for 21 seconds and later put her hand over his nose and mouth for 1 minute and 14 seconds, according to evidence presented in the trial at Tarrant County court.

The baby survived and is now 14 months old and in foster care.

The jurors took 28 minutes Thursday to find Scott guilty of injury to a child. They were to consider her sentence Friday, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney's office.

In her taped confession, played in court after the jury returned its verdict, Scott told police: "If I could get him to die, I could get him out of my life." She said she tried three times to smother the baby at home when he was 4 months old.

In closing arguments, her lawyer, David Jones, said Scott did not damage the child. "She had no business having a baby at her age. But what were the injuries?" he asked.

Prosecutors argued that hospital staff saved Rhaidyn's life.

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