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Durham teen accused of trying to kill 2-month-old son

Posted September 18, 2014 12:16 p.m. EDT
Updated September 18, 2014 7:43 p.m. EDT

Marelin Portillo leaves the Durham County Detention Center Sept. 18, 2014, a day after she was charged with attempted murder against her 2-month-old son.

— A Durham teenager has been arrested after police say she tried to kill her 2-month-old son.

Marelin Portillo, 16, was arrested Wednesday on a count of attempted first-degree murder in the case after a Durham Police Department spokeswoman said she allegedly placed a towel over the baby's face while holding his nostrils shut.

Police are not releasing any additional details about the case.

Portillo was initially jailed under a $1 million secured bond, but a judge reduced that to a $500,000 unsecured bond.

She was out of jail on house arrest Thursday afternoon.