PLYMOUTH - Early one morning in May, 18-year-old Diana Turner could think of nothing else to do to calm her fussy infant.
She was alone in the room with baby Griffin, who was a month old. Her husband had already left for work. Other family members were still asleep in the house.
She tried feeding the baby, but he wouldn't eat. She changed his diaper, but the screaming continued.
Turner says now she was exhausted and depressed, but at the time, she couldn't have put words to the bleakness she was feeling.
"I was just going through the motions," the slight young woman says. "He screeched, and for some reason, that just really made me angry."
What happened next on that morning of May 9 is also documented in police and court records: Turner covered her baby's mouth and nose, trying to stop the crying.
The young mother then watched as Griffin gasped for air, breathing irregularly, and turned blue. After a couple of hours, she realized he was not improving. She woke her mother and handed her the baby.
Paramedics quickly arrived. The baby stopped breathing and was revived. He was whisked to a local hospital and then transferred in critical condition to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he spent five days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Meanwhile, Plymouth officers questioned Diana Turner and ultimately arrested her.
"Diana stated that GCT had been screaming in the last week and she could not deal with his screaming," Detective Sgt. Leo Mangus wrote in a probable cause affidavit. "Diana advised that she would normally contact her mother when she could not deal with GTC, but she had lost control and hurt the baby."
Turner was taken to the Marshall County Jail, and she was charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class C felony; neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, a Class C felony; and strangulation, a Class D felony.
Then, on June 19, prosecutors filed a plea agreement in the case that immediately released the young woman from jail, basically calling for her to plead guilty to one Class C felony with time already served, on probation and no contact with her baby until sentencing except for when supervised by the Department of Child Services. A judge will sentence her on Aug. 7.
Some in the community are outraged at what they see as leniency that goes too far.
But this is also a story about child molesting, the unknown effects of anti-depressants, and second chances.
The day before Diana Turner smothered her baby, her adopted father was sentenced to prison for molesting her.
When Becky Mast married Brenton Mast, Diana was a toddler. Her birth father was not around, so Brent was her only father figure.
Soon after Diana turned 14, Brent began touching his stepdaughter intimately. After a little more than a year of that, he told her he loved her, and intercourse began.
"He told me we had better not tell my mother," Diana Turner says now. "'Let's keep this to ourselves.'"