Connecticut Mom Accused of Swinging Her Baby Like Bat
A Naugatuck mother accused of grabbing her baby girl by the legs and swinging her around appeared in court Friday.Houghtaling was booked into custody on suicide watch with bond set at $100,500. She faces charges of breach of peace, risk of injury to child, second-degree failure to appear and interfering with officer/resisting arrest.
Police were called to Maple Street in the area of Nelson's Pharmacy Inc. around 6:30 p.m. after getting reports that a woman, later identified as Aurora Houghtaling, was swinging her daughter by the legs like a baseball bat.
"An officer actually observed the woman swinging," Naugatuck Police Lt. Brian Cammaratta said. "He described it as being swung like a baseball bat."
Police said they knew Houghtaling was on drugs as soon as they approached her. She later told police she was snorting Ritalin with a straw. Officers found a prescription for 60 Ritalin pills filled this week, but she only had 44 pills left.