Harris County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse unit has charged a 23-year-old woman with endangering a child, after disturbing videos were brought to the attention of authorities.
An out-of-state family member sent the videos to alert the deputies of her behavior toward the infant. The videos were sent to Harris County Precinct 4 Constables after they went to the infant's daycare in north Harris County to conduct a welfare check.
Janelle Peterkin (23, Humble)) was identified as the woman in the videos who placed a plastic bag over her infant son's head and tied it. She also placed the bag in his mouth as he was crying.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Unit investigators were asked to take over the case.
They conducted an interview with Peterkin, and she admitted to investigators she made the videos about 90 days ago to show her ex-boyfriend and father of her child he did not care enough about their baby.
She is now free after posting a $15,000 bond, and here next court appearance is set for May 15, 217 in Harris County District Court 351 at 9:00am.
UPDATE 4/19/17 2:30PM:
via Harris County DA...
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has filed two additional charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault (of a) family member - impeding breath on the defendant, Jamelle Andrea Peterkin, 23.
These charges were added after reviewing all of the video and photographic evidence provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The videos and photographs appear to be all from the same time, but show the defendant inflicting more harm to the child than was originally known at the time that the first charge of endangering a child was filed.