Police: St. Cloud woman admits she tried to suffocate 3-month-old



ORLANDO, Fla. - Investigators said a mother admitted she tried to suffocate her 3-month-old daughter inside a hospital room.

By the looks of Brenna Winter's pictures on Facebook, she was head over heels about being a new mom.

But all may not have been as it seemed in the photos as she stood in court on charges of trying to suffocate her child.

"A concerned individual contacted our abuse hotline," said Kristi Gray of the Department of Children and Families.

Winter, 18, of St. Cloud, first took baby Olivia to Nemours Hospital earlier this month after the little girl was vomiting blood.

After a battery of tests, the baby was sent home and after the symptoms persisted was brought back to the children's hospital and was admitted.

On June 3, doctors found a laceration on baby's esophagus as she continued to recover. Three days later, an alarm went off in the nurses' station after Olivia's heart rate dropped.

The live video monitoring system showed Winter's hands in the crib.

Several hours later, the monitor went off again and as nurses arrived, they issued a "code blue" and started life-saving measures and were able to bring the baby back to life.

A criminal investigation was launched and Orlando police said Winter ultimately admitted to trying to suffocate the child in a bid for attention.


Winters is being held without bond on charges of attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.

The baby is out of the hospital and is with foster car under the watch of the Department of Children and Families.

"The decision was made the only way to ensure her safety would be to remove her from her mother's custody and place her in foster care," said Gray.

Aside from Winter's alleged confession, there's a state-of-the-art heart and respiratory monitoring system at Nemours that corroborated the events and helped save the baby's life.