Mother arrested for killing infant daughter

Mother arrested for killing infant daughter

CREATED Jul 13, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Deputies arrested a woman Friday after they found an 8-week-old infant not breathing at the woman's home, according to Deputy Tom Peine with the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Peine tells KGUN9 that they arrived at 6600 block of South Downing Avenue, where Stacy Anne Banks, 37, told deputies that she slept on an air mattress with two children, a one-year-old and an 8-week-old.

Banks told deputies that she knew that the mattress had a tendency to deflate.

Detectives say Banks rolled onto her side on top of her baby, and the infant was under her arms and shoulder area.

Deputies found 8-week-old Neveah Banks unresponsive and took the baby to University Medical Center where she later died.

While talking with Banks, deputies learned that there was a crib next to the air mattress, but Banks told them that she didn't use the crib because the baby would cry when left in there.

Deputies say Banks also admitted to using illegal drugs prior to going to bed, and had nursed the baby during the day after using the drugs.

Detectives also found evidence of drug paraphernalia in the home.

Banks was arrested for second degree murder and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center.

An autopsy on the infant is pending.