Monday, September 29, 2008

Woman called 911 to say she drowned daughter

A Citrus Heights, Caliornia woman tried to drown her two-year-old daughter late Saturday, leaving the infant in critical condition. Fotini Huntley was booked into Sacra-mento County jail Sunday on attempted murder charges and held without bail.

Huntley called 911 around 9:50 p.m. and told dispatchers that she had drowned her daughter. When authorities arrived, Huntley was standing outside her apartment. Police detained her and went inside to check on the infant.

She was unconscious, so they immediately began performing CPR. It wasn't clear how long the baby had been unconscious, said Citrus Heights Police Lt. Gina Anderson. The baby was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center.

The baby's father, Anthony Huntley said that his wife has a long history of mental illness, though she has never tried anything like this before. "She's schizophrenic," he said. "She's been on medication for that for a few years." Anthony Huntley said he wasn't home when the alleged incident occurred.

Neighbors said Fotini Huntley often kept to herself. Angela Quimby said, "He always did all the talking. (Fotini Huntley) just kept her head down."

Other than being quiet, Quimby and other neighbors said they never noticed anything different about Fotini Huntley. They said it was clear, though, that the baby was in loving hands. "(Anthony) seems like a really good dad," Quimby said. "He would always hold her. The mom would just look down." (info from the Sacramento Bee)

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