A Maryland babysitter is accused of giving a 6-month-old a toxic enema that killed the baby, according to reports. According to the Baltimore Police Department, Lataya Hutchins, 32, was arrested Thursday on child abuse charges in the death of Indira Henderson.
Hutchins was reportedly caring for the baby in November at a Baltimore home when she became concerned that the child hadn’t had a bowel movement in four days. With permission from the baby’s mom, Hutchins gave the 6-month-old girl an enema, according to authorities.
“Before administering the enema, Ms. Hutchins applied a lubricant to the pipette with warm water,” police said in a statement. “Once administered, Indira immediately began convulsing.”
Emergency services rushed the unconscious baby to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that the lubricant contained Lidocaine, a pain reliever, which resulted in the baby’s death. Medical examiners ruled the cause of death a homicide by poisoning.
Hutchins was arrested at Central Booking Intake Facility on first-degree child abuse charges.