Timothy Vojta, 19mo
MN, Brooklyn Park
Timothy was taken to the hospital by paramedics who had been called to his home. He lapsed into a coma and died 6 days later. Police had been called to the home seven times in the past two months when Timothy had stopped breathing.
When questioned, Timothy's mother, JoAnne Vojta, 28, told doctors and a social worker that she routinely smothered her little boy by cupping her hand over his mouth and nose to stop him from breathing. She reported she did this to prevent her estranged husband from visiting or gaining custody of Timothy. She wanted him hospitalized where she felt he would be safe from his father, Keven Vojta, of Coon Rapids.
In an order for protection filed on Februray 20, 1992, JoAnne Vojta reported that Kevin was abusive toward her and the baby. She said he raped her in 1991, poured ice-cold water on Timothy because he was crying and yanked on the baby's arms. She also reported that he told her he would "take a gun to her to get Timothy," and she feared her husband would abduct Timothy out of state.
JoAnne was charged with first-degree murder.
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