A Citrus Heights woman tried to drown her 2-year-old daughter late Saturday, leaving the infant in critical condition at a local hospital, police said Sunday.
Fotini Huntley, 36, of Crosswinds Circle, was booked into Sacramento County main jail early Sunday on attempted murder charges. She is being held without bail.
Huntley called 911 around 9:50 p.m. and told dispatchers that she had drowned her daughter, police said. When authorities arrived, Huntley was standing outside her apartment. Police detained her and went inside to check on the infant.
She was unconscious, so they immediately began performing CPR. It wasn't clear how long the baby had been unconscious, said Citrus Heights Police Lt. Gina Anderson.
The baby was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center.
The baby's father, Anthony Huntley, told The Bee that his wife has a long history of mental illness, though she has never tried anything like this before.
"She's schizophrenic," he said. "She's been on medication for that for a few years."
Anthony Huntley said he wasn't home when the alleged incident occurred. He only spoke to The Bee for a moment, saying he was exhausted from staying up all night.
Neighbors said Fotini Huntley often kept to herself. Angela Quimby said her 2-year-old niece would sometimes greet the Huntleys' daughter as the family came home. "He always did all the talking," Quimby said of Anthony Huntley. "(Fotini Huntley) just kept her head down."
Other than being quiet, Quimby and other neighbors said they never noticed anything different about Fotini Huntley. They said it was clear, though, that the baby was in loving hands.
"(Anthony) seems like a really good dad," Quimby said. "He would always hold her. The mom would just look down."