The death of a three-day-old girl has been ruled a homicide. Indianapolis Metro Police say the newborn's mother ingested rat poison a week before she gave birth
. While the mother sought treatment after taking the poison, it was too late for the baby.
Police say 34-year-old Bei Bei Shuai
intentionally ingested rat poison on December 23rd.
When Shuai told friends in Anderson what she had done, they told her to go to St. Johns Hospital. She was then transferred to Methodist Hospital where she gave birth to a baby girl on New Year's Eve.
The baby girl, named Angel, lived just three days before passing away. After an autopsy on Monday, the coroner ruled the death a homicide, and the cause as consumption of rat poison.
At this point, police don't know if Shuai was trying to terminate the pregnancy or kill herself.
"We don't have any information to release about what a potential motive may have been," said Adams.
Experts say the antidote to rat poison, commonly vitamin K, could have saved the mother, but since the vitamin can't pass through the placenta, the fetus would have started to bleed. Eventually the baby bled to death.
"The two charges, if any that she may face, would one be murder and two attempted feticide," said Adams.
The baby's mother is currently on suicide watch in the mental health ward at Methodist Hospital. She has not been arrested but police say that could change after detectives get the chance to interview her.
Shuai moved to the United States from China ten years ago. She is a US citizen.