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Breastfeeding Mom Accused of Killing Baby Girl By 'Not Allowing Her to Come Up For Air'
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Breastfeeding Mom Accused of Killing Baby Girl By 'Not Allowing Her to Come Up For Air'

The mother told detectives she was frustrated when her twin newborn daughters refused to latch on to her breast.

Cover Image Source: (L) Getty Images/Catherine Delahaye (representative), (R)San Jose Police Department
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Trigger warning: This article contains themes of child abuse that some readers may find distressing

A 29-year-old San Jose mother is now facing a murder conviction in the death of her infant daughter, who died after the suspect tried to breastfeed her. Celina Juarez was last week charged with the murder of her baby, Melani, and the child endangerment of her twin sister on November 4 at their home, reports KTVU. According to a press release from San Jose Police Department, officers arrived at the residence after receiving a call informing the department that the 8-month-old Melani wasn't breathing and that her sister was unconscious.

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Image Source: San Jose Police Department
Image Source: San Jose Police Department

Although both babies were transported to local hospitals, Melani was pronounced deceased while in intensive care. Subsequently, Juarez was arrested and charged with homicide but experienced an unidentified medical emergency at the start of the investigation and was hospitalized until November 16, the day she was charged. Court documents attained by KRON4 show that Juarez told officers she was trying to breastfeed her twins when they lost consciousness. She claimed that she pushed Melani against her breast, "not allowing her to come up for air," and that she became "frustrated" when the child refused to "latch on."

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