Mother who severely beat toddler son, faces attempted first-degree murder charges

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A Baton Rouge mother who severely beat her 2-year-old son with a belt is in custody, facing counts of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks tells The Advocate ( ) 29-year-old Samantha Snell told deputies she had beaten the boy Monday as a form of discipline for getting water out of the refrigerator. After the beating, Snell says the boy fell and hit his head on a tile floor.

Then, she says, the child stopped eating, was in and out of consciousness and slept for nearly 15 hours, prompting her to bring him Tuesday to a hospital, where he's in critical, guarded condition.

Snell is being held on $125,000 bond. It was unknown if she has an attorney.

Information from: The Advocate,

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