Child strangulation is alleged in Berne attempted murder case

    Sasha J. Hunt, 22, Berne, was charged with attempted murder, a class A felony, and neglect of a dependent, a class C felony, after police say she tried to kill her 3-month-old son.
    According to a probable cause affidavit, on Oct. 13 Hunt placed a sock in or over the mouth of her son and wound tape around his head to hold the sock in place. Hunt then allegedly wrapped her son in a blanket, placed him face down on a pillow inside a closet, closed the door, and walked away.
    Hunt's husband, Nathan, told Berne Police Sergeant Dean Amstutz that on the night in question he left the house for approximately 15-20 minutes. When Nathan Hunt returned, Sasha Hunt was walking down the stairs from the second floor of the home, according to the affidavit. After Sasha Hunt indicated she was ready for bed, Nathan Hunt stated he heard a muffled cry coming form the second floor of the home. He told Amstutz it sounded as if his son had rolled over on his face.
    Nathan Hunt reported as he was running up the stairs, Sasha Hunt was yelling his name, telling him to stop and wait. Nathan then said as he approached his son's crib and found it empty, he paused to listen for a moment and realized the crying was coming from the the closet in the couple's older child's room, according to the affidavit. That child was not at the residence at the time of the incident.
    Nathan Hunt told Amstutz he found his son face down on the floor of the closet with his arms wrapped next to his body. There was yellow tape wrapped around his head and a sock over his mouth, according to the affidavit. Nathan Hunt picked up his son and unwound the tape from his head, removing the sock covering his mouth.
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