Woman Charged With Death Of Her Baby After Suffocating Her And Her Twin Sister With Breasts

Celina Juarez

One of a California mother’s twin daughters was suffocated to death by her breast as she tried to feed her.

Fox San Francisco reported that Celina Juarez faces murder charges and child endangerment charges for the death of her baby, Melani, on Nov. 4 at their home in San Jose. She is facing an endangerment charge as well for her twin sister, Zari.

Melani wasn’t breathing and her sister was unconscious when officers responded to the home. Both were taken to a local hospital.

She told authorities her husband had left for work that morning and she took her 2-year-old son and baby girls to church until noon. When they returned, Juarez’s mother took the boy for errands while she was left with the twins, who were sick and “fussy.”

When Juarez heard the girls were crying, she explained that she usually feeds them using a bottle, but that she wanted to breastfeed them so they would have the proper nutrition.

Apparently frustrated that the girls wouldn’t latch on, Juarez purposefully held her breast against their mouths. She believes Melani sat on her breast for 10 minutes before she was placed on the bed unconscious.

Zari was placed against Juarez’s breast “without letting her come up for air,” police said. Juarez allegedly waited 20 minutes before calling her mother. Her mother and brother performed CPR on the babies and 911 was called.

It took Melani two days to succumb to her injuries. Juarez is still being held and is expected to enter a plea next month.

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