FORT WORTH -- A Waco teen who was captured on video trying to smother her 4-month-old son at a Fort Worth hospital because, she later told investigators, she wanted him "out of my life," was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday.
A Tarrant County jury, which had taken just 28 minutes Thursday to find Shantaniqua Nykole Scott guilty of injury to child/serious bodily injury, deliberated more than three hours Friday before delivering her sentence.
Scott, 18, had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison but was also eligible for probation.
On Wednesday, jurors saw video taken at Cook Children's Medical Center on July 16, 2010, showing Scott holding a blanket over the face of her son, Rhaidyn, for 21 seconds, then later holding her hand over his mouth and nose for a minute and 14 seconds.
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The baby, now 14 months old and living in foster care, could be seen flailing his arms and legs before finally going limp. Emergency personnel rushed in and revived him.
In a taped confession, Scott had told Fort Worth police Detective Dennis Hutchins that she had previously tried to smother her son, including within just weeks of his birth when he wouldn't stop crying and screaming.
"If I could get him to die, I could get him out of my life," Scott told Hutchins.
She told the detective that she wasn't ready to be a mother and that the stress of raising a baby was too much.
Scott's defense attorney, David Jones, had argued that while there was no justification for what Scott did, she did not cause any serious injuries to her baby when she tried to smother him at the hospital.
But prosecutors Rainey Webb and Eric Nickols reminded jurors of the video taken in the hospital room. "No doubt if it hadn't been for the hospital staff, he would be dead today," Webb said.
State district Judge Scott Wisch presided over the trial.
Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.
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