Krista Noelle Madden, 35, was charged with attempted first-degree murder yesterday after allegedly throwing the seven-week-old tot down the gorge in Asheville, North Carolina.
Madden told police the infant had been snatched by attackers in ski masks who agreed to let her go if they could keep the baby, it is reported.
The child, named Shaylie, somehow survived despite falling out the car seat she had been strapped in as she was tumbling down the huge embankment.
“This was, simply, in my opinion, by the grace of a merciful God, that we had a female that goes to check her mailbox”
Sheriff Lowell Griffin
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said Shaylie did not suffer any serious injuries.
Cops charged mother Krista after mobile phone triangulation showed she had been in the area when the child was dumped.
She is being held in county jail on a $750,000 bond and will attend a court hearing on May 28.
Police have not revealed an alleged motive saying the probe has only just begun, reports CNN.
Sheriff Lowell Griffin said: “This was, simply, in my opinion, by the grace of a merciful God, that we had a female that goes to check her mailbox.”
At a press conference on Friday morning, the Sheriff said: “We believe she was thrown over.
When the child was discovered, the child was out of the car seat, however, the indications lead us to believe the child went over the bank in the car seat and after it hit the ground, subsequently, it rolled out of the car seat,” The Daily Beast reports.
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