St. Paul mother pleads guilty to smothering infant son

Published 9:46 am Friday, February 3, 2017

ST. PAUL (AP) — A St. Paul woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for suffocating her infant son.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office said 23-year-old Shwe Htoo entered her plea Thursday in the November 2015 death of her 5-week-old son, Michael Kyaw Htoo.

Htoo initially was ruled incompetent to stand trial but later was found competent. A charge of second-degree murder will be dismissed when she’s sentenced next month.

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As part of the plea agreement, Htoo admitted her fed her son formula tainted with poison. When she found him still alive the next morning, she suffocated him using a blanket and her hands.

Htoo then loaded her son into the back seat of a car and drove it into a light pole in Como Park.

She faces up to 15 years in prison.