Charges: Mother smothered 1-month-old son, then crashed car


A suicidal St. Paul mother has been charged with the second-degree murder of her infant child, who was found dead in the back seat of a car she crashed on Wednesday.

Shwe Htoo, 22, told police she smothered her 1-month-old son Michael Kyaw Htoo on Wednesday morning, a night after she had drugged the baby with a mixture of formula, sweets, sleeping pills and bed bugs spray.

According to the charging documents from Ramsey County Attorney's Office, she then drank a similar mixture herself. When both of them were still alive the next morning, she told officers she covered the baby's mouth with a blanket and pressed down with her hands.

The baby is said to have died at around 6 a.m. She later put her son in her Honda Accord and drove to Como Park, a place she chose because it's "quiet and unpopulated."

There she intentionally crashed the Accord, the documents say, in another attempt to kill herself. Medical responders at the scene later noticed that signs of rigor mortis were already present in the one-month-old.

Htoo, who speaks Karen, then told a Karen-speaking police officer at the scene: "This morning, I killed my own child."

Officers later searched Htoo's home in Hoyt Ave. E. and found bug spray, pill bottles and baby bottles in her room.

Among those who responded to the crash was 45-year-old Dr. Jason Wirtz, whose wife Taunya told BringMeTheNews was passing by when it happened and stopped to perform CPR on the child.

"My husband took over CPR because he's a doctor," Taunya Wirtz said, "but he said the baby seemed like it had been dead for a while, was already cold and blue before CPR was started."

She said her husband was "shook up" after the events of Wednesday morning, adding: "So many emotions with such a young one gone too soon. Just such a tragic situation."

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