LAS VEGAS, NV – A woman told police she suffocated her child “to set her free” from a possible HIV infection, according to an arrest report.
The arrest report for Ashley Smith stated on July 31 officers responded to a Motel 6 near Boulder Highway and Lamb Boulevard because Smith said she suffocated her child.
When officers arrived and asked Smith what happened she told officers that she “failed.” When officers asked her what she failed at she stated, “setting my daughter free.” Officers asked if she was under the influence of drugs, and she said “weed.” Adding, she last used marijuana an hour before officers spoke to her.
Smith also told police she was infected with the HIV virus, as well as the child’s father, and “felt her daughter was infected as well.” She told officers she “didn’t want her (daughter) going through life like that.”
When police asked if she strangled her child, Smith said no but she suffocated her with a pillow until she was unresponsive.
The child was revived by responding medical personnel and transported to Sunrise Hospital for treatment, the report stated.
Smith was booked into the Clark County Detention Center for attempted murder, jail records showed.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.