Woman charged with attempted murder in the beating of baby

A 19-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after a 14-month-old baby was beaten in a Winnipeg street.

WINNIPEG — A 19-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after a 14-month-old girl had her head smashed repeatedly against a sidewalk.

Nikita Solange Eaglestick is also charged with abduction and aggravated assault, Winnipeg police said Wednesday.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said police still don’t understand why the girl, identified by family as Vanessa, was attacked, but said there was a party in the area and drinking was involved.

The arrest came after 18-year-old Tyler Bilsborrow stepped outside his family’s home to smoke in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday.

He heard screaming sounds nearby and walked around the corner to see a woman sitting on the pavement, holding the baby by the neck and slamming the child’s head down.

When he approached, he said the woman abandoned the child and ran away.

Bilsborrow said the baby was covered in blood, wearing only a T-shirt and diaper.

Police were called and a suspect was arrested a few blocks away.

Vanessa’s grandmother has said the child was abducted and that the mother, Daisy Houle, is devastated.

Police say the baby is now in stable condition.

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