Maryland Babysitter Charged With Child Abuse After She Gave an Enema to a 6-Month-Old Baby Who Later Died

Authorities have charged a Maryland woman with child abuse in the death last year of baby girl for whom she had been caring. Baltimore police say detectives arrested 32-year-old Latayia Hutchins on Thursday and charged her with first-degree child abuse.

Hutchins was arrested after an investigation that began last November when police were called to a home for a report of a baby not breathing. Six-month-old Indira Henderson was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Investigators say the girl’s mother had agreed to allowed Hutchins to administer an enema to help the child have a bowel movement.

An investigation found that a lubricant Hutchins used for the enema contained Lidocaine. After the enema was administered, the child immediately began convulsing, and died a short time later at the hospital, reports CBS Baltimore.

An autopsy was completed March 30, and the death was ruled a homicide by poisoning.