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Teen Receives 25 Years In Smothering Incident

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 FORT WORTH (AP) - A Waco teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for trying to smother her infant son at a Fort Worth Hospital.

A Tarrant County jury deliberated more than three hours Friday before sentencing 18-year-old Shantaniqua Nykole Scott. The same panel deliberated about 30 minutes Thursday before finding Scott guilty of injury to child/serious bodily injury.

She was accused of trying to smother the 4-month-old by pressing a blanket and then her hand over his face while he was hospitalized at Cook Children’s Medical Center last summer.

The child is now in foster care after emergency personnel rushed in and revived him. Scott told a police detective that the stress of raising a baby was too much.

She had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison but was also eligible for probation.

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