Woman admits to strangling 18-month-old at hospital
Rochester, N.Y. – A woman has pleaded guilty to suffocating a child at Golisano Children’s Hospital this past April.
Prosecutors say 29-year-old Jennifer Hodge pleaded guilty to second-degree strangulation.
Hodge purposely suffocated an 18-month-old while at the hospital this past April. The child went unconscious for a time.
A representative for UR Medicine said Hodge “was a visitor to the hospital and was not a stranger to the child involved in the incident.”
The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said the victim was a patient at the hospital, and that Hodge admitted to holding bedding over the child’s nose and mouth.
Hospital staff reportedly helped save the child’s life.
Prosecutors say there were no indications of wrongdoing on the part of the hospital. They would not say how the crime was discovered.
In a statement, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said, “Jennifer Hodge is a dangerous individual who purposefully caused injury to a young child. The District Attorney’s Office has zero tolerance for child abuse in any form. Thanks to the hard work of many agencies and individuals involved, this child will no longer be harmed.”
She is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
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