A mother has been arrested after allegedly injecting her child with an "unknown substance", leaving the nine-month-old infant fighting for her life in intensive care.
Stephanie May Whitley, from the US, was taken into custody on May 5 on suspicion of "endangering children" after police responded to calls from concerned staff at a nearby children's hospital.
Local police said they were called to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio with reports of a child in "critical condition". Hospital staff told police about the infant being in distress from suspected abuse.
When officers arrived at the facility, staff explained they'd seen Whitley, 26, produce a syringe containing an unknown substance. She allegedly injected the substance into her baby daughter — identified as Kaylee S. — they said. The girl's father was reportedly present at the time.
Baby suffers cardiac arrest
Immediately after the injection, little Kaylee fell ill prompting staff to perform life-saving measures before taking her to the ICU. Before being admitted to the unit, she went into cardiac arrest, according to reports.
Kaylee underwent toxicology tests to determine what substance she had been injected with. The results were withheld at the time of reporting.
Her mum is now being held without bond. No charges had been pressed against the dad at the time of reporting.
Young Kaylee had been staying at the hospital where she was being treated. According to a GoFundMe page set up by her mum, Kaylee was born at 33 weeks with autoimmune issues and had been suffering from seizures.
It's believed Whitley has two other children with reports suggesting one child has been removed from the family home by child services while an investigation takes place.
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