Teen mom accused of attempting to murder daughter. Screen grab via News10.
Cashel Phin, an 18-year-old Modesto High School student, was arrested on charges that she attempted to kill her newborn. The California teen mom was arrested after a friend reportedly alerted police to Phin’s conversation about putting the infant into a trash can.
Phin then admitted to police that she attempted to give the newborn rat poisoning. She also admitted to hitting the baby with a purse according to Fox 40 in Sacramento.
Deputy District Attorney W. R. McKenzie also added that Phin offered two people goods and services if they would poison the infant for her, the Modesto Bee reports.
Sergeant Rick Armendariz of the Modesto Police Department told News10 Sacramento,”This is more than vague threats. There were overt actions to convince a relative to harm the child; also an attempt to physically assault the child. Those are the things being factored in. It’s more than just a vague threat.”
Phin’s daughter, Anna, was born on April 13. Phin was able to return back to school after giving birth this past Monday and was arrested on Wednesday.
Jen Chung, Phin’s sister, told Fox 40 that the family knew that Phin was having some difficulties, but they did not think that she would ever harm the baby. Baby Anna is currently in Chung’s care.
Phin has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of solicitation to commit murder and one count of willful poisoning. She remains in the Stanislaus County jail with bail set at $1.6 million.
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