Huntsville Police: Mother Cut 3-Month-Old Daughter


Natasha Townsend (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The mother of an infant is spending Mother’s Day behind bars.

Huntsville Police charged Natasha Townsend with attempted murder. Investigators believe Townsend severely cut her 3-month-old daughter with a butcher knife Saturday night.

Police, HEMSI and firefighters found the baby suffering from injuries at a home on Neptune Drive around 10:45 p.m. Saturday.

A source told WHNT News 19 the 31-year-old mother bought the knife at a Madison Walmart, cut the baby at another location and handed off the baby to someone inside a home on Neptune Drive.

Sergeant Mark Roberts told WHNT News 19 Townsend intended to kill the baby and commit suicide.

We’ve learned paramedics flew the infant to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Investigators said, at the time, the baby was in critical condition. A Children’s Hospital Spokeswoman would not comment on the baby’s condition. The spokeswoman says Children’s Hospital policy prevents releasing medical information of children involved in a crime.

As of Monday, the family said the baby is recovering.

WHNT News 19 is aggressively continuing to try to track down new information and will update this story as we learn new information.

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