JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee woman accused of placing her 8-month-old baby into a freezer has been charged with child abuse.
The reports say 19-year-old Brittany C. Smith placed the infant in a freezer and closed the lid last week in Johnson City.
An affidavit provided to WJHL-TV says a witness saw Smith holding a small child next to the unused freezer in their backyard. The resident went outside to speak with Smith and found her in the crawlspace under the home.
The baby was found in the freezer, which had about an inch of standing water inside. The child was taken to a hospital, but no condition has been released.
Smith also has been charged with offenses that include neglect. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer who could comment.