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Mother arrested after choking son at a hospital

TAMPA, Fla. (WKRC) -- A woman was charged with four counts of aggravated child abuse after choking her 7-month-old son while at a hospital in Tampa.

Investigators said 19-year-old Violet Hinrichs' son was under observation at St. Joseph's Hospital in April after suffering from seizures and sleep apnea. The observation included a video and audio feed that was monitored by staff.

The video from the observation showed Hinrichs choking the child. His heart rate and brain waves dropped to dangerous levels and she squeezed him four times, according to police.

Hospital staff noticed the bruising on the child's neck and contacted the police.

Police called Hinrichs and asked her to come down to the hospital as soon as possible. They arrested her upon arrival.

Hinrichs' son did not have any seizures at the hospital during the times when she was not present, nor has he suffered from any since she was arrested.

"There is no medical indication at this point that the child has any condition that should cause seizures or apnea, so the suspect in this case caused these medical issues," said Tampa Police Spokesperson Andrea Davis.

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