Ailenys Carmenate was wiping back tears before Judge Mindy Glazer had even called her name.

The South Florida mother was arrested for two counts of attempted premeditated murder after trying to strangle her children before two of them were able to fight her off and save their baby sister.

According to an arrest form obtained by WPLG-TV, Carmenate tried to strangle her 6-month-old baby girl by pressing her elbow against the baby’s throat.

Police said Carmenate’s 12-year-old and 9-year-old children were locked in the bedroom with her. Seeing the attack, the son pulled at their mother’s hair, bit her arms and kicked her to free their baby sister.

Randy Montano, the father of the baby, said the older children are his step-children. When the eldest child unlocked the door for him, Montano tried to wrestle Carmenate’s hands from the baby’s neck and they fell to the floor, the baby suffering a head injury. He then escaped the apartment with the baby. 

The arrest form said Carmenate tried to choke her 12-year-old son, but he was able to escape her grasp. While running away, he said he saw his mom dragging his 9-year-old sister by the hair back into the room.

The little girl told investigators that her mom began squeezing and twisting her throat saying she “could no longer breathe and thought she was going to die.” The girl was eventually released and able to flee, but later suffered neck trauma, which caused bleeding and swelling. 

Montano said their 6-month-old girl is doing just fine. He claimed this was the first time Carmenate had ever done something like this, adding that he thought she was suffering from postpartum depression, according to ABC7

Carmenate has been ordered to stay away from the victims.

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