A jury has heard a taped statement by a woman that prosecutors said proves she smothered an infant she was baby-sitting nearly two decades ago.
On the tape played for a Montgomery County jury, Melissa Haskell said she wouldn't put her hand over the mouth of her own son so he can't breathe, like she did to the child she referred to as "that baby."
The statement shows Haskell smothered 5-month-old Ryan Baurley while watching him in August 1992, authorities said. The baby's death was initially attributed to sudden infant death syndrome.
The defense said Haskell made the statement recorded by her husband because the estranged couple was in the midst of a bitter custody dispute and she was trying to appease him.