W.Va. mother guilty of baby smothering try in Pa.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to trying to smother her 4-month-old son at a Pittsburgh hospital last year, and is still being investigated for allegedly trying to do the same thing more than a dozen times in her home state.

Twenty-three-year-old Rachel Nelson, of Costa, W.Va., pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child rather than face trial before an Allegheny County judge in Pittsburgh.

District attorney’s spokesman Mike Manko says West Virginia authorities are still working to indict her on charges that she tried to suffocate the boy repeatedly in that state.

The woman pleaded guilty to an attempt last October at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where the boy was being treated for concerns he was being abused.

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