A Mississippi mother of two has been arrested for allegedly sending text messages claiming that she choked her baby with a phone charger and left her in a wooded area.
Deputies arrested Santangela Turner, 26, of Laurel, after she allegedly sent photos of herself using a white cord to strangle her three-month-old daughter’s neck and of the infant with a knife aimed at her neck, the Daily Mail reported.
The woman threatened to harm the infant in one of the text messages and added a photo of the baby with a cord wrapped around her neck, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators say Child Protective Services notified them of the alleged abuse December 13, and the sheriff’s office issued a warrant for Turner’s arrest.
The woman turned herself in on Monday, and authorities charged her with felony child abuse.
Turner’s family members told the judge at her initial court appearance Tuesday that she had been suffering from postpartum depression and had been seeking psychological treatment for the condition, WHPM reported.
The judge set Turner’s bail at $10,000 and ordered her to not have contact with any children, including her own.
Turner had been released from jail Wednesday afternoon, according to Daily Mail.