A motorist passing by saw a strange scene Tuesday: An infant lay lifeless in a grassy area near a park not far from a canal and a woman was nearby. Something about the woman’s behavior caught the passerby’s attention.
Minutes later, police rescue workers were on the scene and a 3-month-old male infant was on the way to the hospital in critical condition after a near drowning, police said.
The infant, who was not identified, initially was rushed to Memorial Miramar Hospital in Miramar, then later moved to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.
His condition was unknown late Tuesday as police investigators questioned the woman, the infant’s mother, who lived in the gated Riviera Isles subdivision.
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The Miramar police department announced late Tuesday night that the infant's mother, Inakesha Armour, was charged with attempted murder and that more details will be released Wednesday.
Here’s the police account of what occurred:
A passerby, who was not named, spotted the infant and mother near the canal. Police spokeswoman Tania Rues said Armour was near the infant at the time, and her behavior “caused concern” for the passerby, who asked the mother if the baby was OK.
Rues declined to say specifically what the mother was doing at the time or how she responded to the passerby’s question about the child’s condition.
When asked whether the mother might be suffering from postpartum depression, Rues declined to comment.
The passerby, who has medical experience, called 911 and administered CPR on the baby, who was unresponsive.
Rues said police interviewed the infant’s mother as well as the father, who later showed up.
Police are investigating the background of the child’s parents.
Miami Herald Staff Writer Carli Teproff also contributed to this report.