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Police charge mom who smothered second baby

Posted April 9, 2010 8:55 a.m. EDT
Updated April 10, 2010 8:00 a.m. EDT

— A Dunn woman who accidentally suffocated two infants in less than four years has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Destiny Tequita Judd, 23, of Sawyer Circle, was arrested Tuesday and was being held in the Harnett County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Judd's 7-week-old daughter, Jordan, died Dec. 26. An autopsy determined that the infant was asphyxiated when she was pinned between her mother and the back of a couch.

Judd told WRAL News last month that she curled up with Jordan on the couch. The baby was against the back of the couch, and Judd was facing her so the baby wouldn't roll off onto the floor, she said.

When she awoke, however, she found that she had rolled over, and her back was up against the baby and the back of the couch.

Dunn Police Chief B.P. Jones said officers and Department of Social Services staff had warned Judd previously against sleeping with young children because she had smothered another infant.

On Oct. 11, 2006, Judd accidentally suffocated her 5-week-old son, Zykeise, when he was trapped behind her on a couch, according to an autopsy report.

Judd maintained that no one ever told her that sleeping on a couch with children was dangerous, noting she has always let her children sleep in bed with her.

Judd has two other children, ages 6 and 2.

Her first court appearance was set for April 27.