Carthage (WSYR-TV) – A North Country woman has been accused of strangling a 6-month-old infant because she was crying and keeping her awake, according to State Police.
Late Wednesday night, State Police announced the arrest of Amber Simpson, 25, of Carthage, on a charge of manslaughter in the second degree.
Authorities say Simpson choked the child on Wednesday morning, but then continued to treat the child as if she were alive. Simpson was the child's aunt and her legal guardian.
"After this happened she cared for the baby further, tried to give the baby a bottle and went on about her business," said Capt. Mark Lincoln of the State Police.
The woman's boyfriend did not notice the child's condition until "14 or 15 hours later" when he called 911.
Police responded to the call of an unresponsive child around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.
The child was pronounced dead around 9:48 p.m. at a local hospital.
State Police were assisted by numerous law-enforcement agencies, along with the Jefferson County Child Protective Services agency.
Simpson was arraigned in Village of Carthage Court and taken to the Jefferson County Public Safety Building to be held in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond.