Infant Dies After Pacifier Is Taped To His Mouth

Authorities say the foster mother of a 9-month-old boy, who died when she taped a pacifier to his mouth, is facing charges.

Investigators say neonatal nurse Angela Dukes of Columbia, South Carolina, was in her first day caring for the boy on February 8. They say she tried to quiet him but the taped pacifier blocked his breathing and he died that day.

South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons says the 30-year-old Dukes was charged Wednesday with felony unlawful conduct toward a child.

Officials say Dukes is in the Richland County jail awaiting a bond hearing. It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney.

A woman identifying herself as Dukes' mother said she didn't want to talk about the arrest.


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  • by Alanna Lopez Location: Fall River Mass on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    I think that this situation is one that should not have occurred. The human service worker is suppose to be there to protect the child and instead the child died in their care. Why wasnt a family member contacted as soon as Katrina was arrested? It is a damn shame that we now know that we can not trust the system,
  • by nicole Location: newport on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    i have a nine month old myself and he means the world and back to me. why would a person do such a barbarack thing to a fragile child. she should go to jail for life because she took a life.
  • by lacy Location: north carolina on Aug 11, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Anything that could do such harm to any child doesn't deserve to see another day of light themselves. that's just someone sick in the mind and has no hope and have to belielf of God!
  • by nancy Location: nebraska on May 13, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    this was sad,yes i know she was trained and being working in a hospital with other sick babies she ,done everything that was taught wrong ....that baby had so much going against him his breathing got blocked,,, and suffercated,,, now who wants to be the judge and jury// this lady needs a punishment but what is gona happpend to her,,/ being a new foster parent will make ya nervouse but she was taught what to do .. now all the rest new parents take this to heart please dont put a bikkie in,when they are trying to go to sleep. babies need to cry ,,,crying wont kill a baby ,,, god bless that baby..
  • by craig Location: g-ville on May 12, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    what is wrong with the world today people are just stupid how could u do this to a inocent baby who could not defend theirself she has a 1 way ticket to hang with the devil i just cant believe someone could do this
  • by lady2009 Location: plymouth on May 11, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    People like this make it hard for good people to be foster parents. Some people take it for granted.
  • by bret on May 11, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    put a pacifer with tape in her mouth and make her suffer
  • by usmc mom Location: j'ville on May 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    nurses are usually overworked and never given enough credit. but, just like anything, there are those that step over the line. case in point, here... if this is a technique that's really used it's one that should be stopped! goodness, gracious. i had one that didn't sleep (naps or at night) until he was 17 mos old. i didn't tape or stuff things in/to his mouth to quiet him. i dealt with it, and i survived. this is someone who was too selfish to be caring for anyone, in my opinion. let's see what they say in court...
  • by ConcernedMom Location: SC on May 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    (to JB), the second sentence of the article: Investigators say neonatal nurse Angela Dukes of Columbia, South Carolina
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on May 11, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    JB - first line of the second paragraph "neonatal nurse"
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