Chelsea Cooley is believed to have delayed a call to emergency services before telling them the three-year-old felt “cold, not breathing and had something stuck in his throat”.
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An American woman is charged in the death of a toddler who allegedly stuffed wet wipes down his throat, causing him to suffocate.
Chelsea Cooley, 31, claims to be the stepmother of the unnamed three-year-old and is said to have delayed calling 911 before eventually telling them he was “cold to the touch, not breathing and had something stuck in his throat”.
On the evening of May 28, paramedics rushed to the Pennsylvania home and rushed the boy to Bedford Hospital – but the next day he was tragically pronounced dead.
A concerned neighbor said she overheard Cooley telling the boy to “shut up” several times reports the Daily Star.
Cooley later told police that her “step-son” had behavior problems and threw a “tantrum” earlier that day.
An autopsy determined the child’s manner of death was homicide and that it was caused by “manual strangulation and asphyxiation due to airway obstruction.”
Medics confirmed they had to remove four wet wipes from the victim’s throat, saying they were “stained with blood” and “packed up”.
According to investigators, a medic “didn’t think the child could have stuck the cloths down her throat herself.”
It was also discovered that the only wet wipes in the house were kept in the bathroom and not in the boy’s bedroom where he was found.
It was reported that “extensive bruises” were found on his chest, while there were reports of feces on his hands, reports WJAC.
Cooley reportedly sent a picture to the boy’s father, who was at work at the time, that “showed the boy lying on the bathroom floor with ‘visible marks’ around his neck and mouth.”
The father told authorities Cooley was irritated by his son’s behavior that night, reports Law and Crime.
Cooley was taken into custody Monday (May 30) and charged with criminally manslaughter, strangling and aggravated assault of a victim under the age of six.
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