On Wednesday, a Las Vegas woman was arrested after reportedly attempting to smother her “evil” newborn on the way to the hospital.
According to Las Vegas police, Ashley Hollingsworth is charged with attempted murder and child abuse.
According to KLAS, the 22-year-old had given birth at home on Saturday and was on her way to MountainView Hospital when she rolled up a blanket around the newborn’s head.
She is accused of pressing the blanket against the child’s nose and face. Hollingsworth refused to enter the emergency room when she arrived at the hospital because she was “bleeding profusely.”
Hollingsworth fled the area near the hospital and was discovered about two hours later with head injuries. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, she told cops she was “beaten up by a rock.”
Hollingsworth’s injuries are visible in her booking photo, which shows her with two large black eyes.
“While in UMC [Trauma], Ashley stated the she had gotten beat up by a rock,” the arrest report continued. “Ashley continuously talked about prophecies and other religious ideations to nursing staff while she was at UMC.”
Further investigation revealed that Hollingsworth had made “strange” statements about the baby being evil, according to the LVMPD. She allegedly also demanded that her boyfriend punch her in the face.
She allegedly told police she was trying to kill “something evil” in her stomach.
MountainView doctors initially thought the baby had a brain bleed, according to authorities. The baby, however, did not sustain any injuries as a result of the terrifying incident, according to the diagnosis.
The arrest report said the defendant later admitted she “pinched the blanket over the baby’s nose or face” two or three times for five or 10 seconds at a time.
Hollingsworth is scheduled to appear in court, Monday.