- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The two older children of a Las Cruces woman accused in her infant daughter’s death told police they feared for the baby’s safety, and had even warned their mother about it.

The Las Cruces Sun-News, citing court filings, reports Friday (https://bit.ly/1nlhSlx ) that the teenage children of 33-year-old Annette Smith told police their mother neglected 7-month-old Shania Smith and covered her head-to-toe in heavy blankets. They say she knew that was dangerous but she didn’t like to hear her cry. They also say she failed to feed the baby regularly and left her in soiled diapers.

They said their mother threatened to beat them if they talked about how she treated the baby.

The court documents say Smith told police it was hard for her to feed the baby because she felt the infant’s father loved the baby more than her.

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