Cashel Phin, an 18-year-old, is sitting in the Stanislaus County Jail charged with attempted murder. According to police, she tried to kill her then two-week-old daughter.
A friend of Phin allegedly heard the teen mother talking about putting the baby in a trash can. When police arrived they say she admitted to a lot more.
"The suspect admitted to trying to give the baby rat poison, also hitting it with a purse," says Lt. Jeremy Young, with the Modesto Police Department.
Anna, Phinís baby, is currently in the care of the motherís sister, Jen Chung. CPS took custody of the child Tuesday, checked the baby out and gave her to family.
"We are glad Anna is with us and she is safe," says Chung, in an exclusive interview with FOX40.
Chung says the family knew that Phin was having some issues following the birth, but they never believed she would harm Anna.
Police say Cashel should have dropped the baby off at a Safe Haven location, such as a hospital, instead of allegedly trying to harm the infant.
Baby Anna was born on April 13. Her mother, Cashel, was back in class at Modesto High on Monday, less than a month after giving birth.
Phin did not appear in court Thursday afternoon, with the judge saying "there was adequate reason" for her not being there.
"She is charged with one count of attempted murder with a count of pre-meditation and deliberation," assistant Stanislaus County district attorney W.R. McKenzie told FOX40.
Despite her absence, Phin's bail was set at $1.6 million.