Woman charged in baby’s death

A Springville woman faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter after police allege she suffocated her baby in January by sleeping with the girl after having smoked marijuana.

Nicole Noel Chambers-Seguinot, 34, told state police in January that after returning home from a family trip to Target at 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, she nursed the baby after having smoked marijuana and then falling asleep in bed cradling her.

In interviews with state police, Chambers-Seguinot said she woke up hours later to nurse the baby but was unable to wake her up.  When paramedics from Montrose Minute Men arrived at about 20 minutes after 4 a.m. the girl’s father Pedro Seguinot was performing CPR. The baby was pronounced dead at Tyler Memorial Hospital just before 5:30 that morning.  An autopsy performed later the day of the baby’s death determined the cause of death to be “Asphyxiation due to mechanical compression due to co-sleeping.”

According to court papers filed Monday, in a January 30 state police interview Chambers-Seguinot told police that when she woke up she noticed blood on her hand and on the baby’s nose. Police later found blood stains on a comforter and the bedsheets and mattress.  Chambers-Seguinot told police she smokes marijuana to help her with anxiety.

Chambers-Seguinot will appear at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday at Magisterial District Justice Jeffrey L. Hollister’s office.   She is charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.  Court papers did not list an attorney representing her.

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