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Berne mom, 22, charged with attempted murder

Suspect allegedly taped sock over infant’s face.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 11:36 am

A 22-year-old Berne woman has been charged with attempted murder in what authorities allege was an attempt to kill her 3-month-old son.

The incident is alleged to have taken place Oct. 13, according to documents filed in Adams Circuit Court and released by the Adams County prosecutor's office.

Sasha J. Hunt is accused of placing a sock “in or over the mouth” of the infant, then wrapping tape around the head of the child to keep the sock in place, according to the documents. The infant, who was wrapped in a blanket, was then placed face-down on a pillow and blanket inside of a closet and the door of the closet closed.

Hunt faces two charges for the alleged incident: Class A felony attempted murder and Class C felony neglect of a dependent.

The Berne Police Department report filed in the case states that one of its officers was directed to meet with people at the department headquarters at 11:25 a.m. Oct. 13; the officer was reportedly told by Nathan A. Hunt that his wife, Sasha J. Hunt, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, takes medication and is under the care of a doctor.

According to the report, the officer was told that Sasha Hunt had to stop taking her medication when she was pregnant with the now 3-month-old and that Sasha Hunt had recently pushed air conditioners out of a window, kicked holes in doors and walls, and had crushed one of her prescription pills and put it into her husband's drink because he was too boring.

The police report states that the infant was allegedly discovered by the husband at around 1:05 a.m. Oct. 13 after he heard a muffled cry from the second floor of their residence, but could not find the infant in his crib. Nathan Hunt told police that he heard crying coming from a closet, opened it and found the child.