The baby had been admitted to MUSC Children’s Hospital two weeks prior to the incident because her mother, 17-year-old Chevonne Youngineer, said her her child “frequently quits breathing or starts choking.” Luckily, according to Youngineer, she had learned CPR and saved her child’s life on multiple occasions.
Because of the child’s many brushes with death, the baby had been placed in a hospital room equipped with a hidden camera. The other day, Youngineer requested asistance because once again, her baby wasn’t breathing. Nurses were able to revive the infant and remove some cotton that had somehow made its way into the baby’s mouth.
Hospital workers reviewed the surveillance footage and watched as moments before she called the nurses, Younginer tore cotton from a stuffed animal and then shoved the stuffing into her baby’s mouth before covering the baby’s face with a blanket. After several seconds Younginer went back and pushed the stuffing further into her baby’s mouth and walked away. This time she got the desired result and the child immediately begins having trouble breathing.
Police were called and Youngineer was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct towards a child. While in custody Youngineer said the nurses had been accusing her of harming her child but in actuality, while in the hospital, she had saved her baby’s life on two occasions. When she was informed that her actions were caught on video tape, Younginer shut up and refused to answer any more questions.
Also while in custody, Younginer was left alone for a moment and surveillance cameras captured her looking around to make sure no one was watching before getting on the floor and kicking a chair to make it look like she had fainted. She was later released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, while her infant was placed into protective custody with DSS.Tags: Chevonne Youngineer, Child Abuse, Crime, Munchausen by Proxy, South Carolina