Police: Woman made threat to harm baby

An Altoona woman faces an attempted homicide charge after she filmed herself holding a pillow over a 3-month-old baby’s face, police said Saturday.

In a news release, police said 21-year-old Miranda Joy Streightiff threatened to harm the child after an argument with her fiance. The fiance left their house with all their baby formula, police said. After several hours passed and he hadn’t returned, Streightiff allegedly recorded the video.

Altoona Police Sgt. Mike Sapienza said Streightiff sent the cellphone video – which included threatening statements and images of her holding a pillow over the child’s face – to one or more family members.

After police were contacted about the alleged threats, officers arrived at her Crawford Avenue house, where they said they found two children behaving normally. Emergency medical workers later confirmed that the children appeared to be breathing safely.

During questioning at the Altoona police station, Streightiff offered a taped admission to the crime, police said.

Officers filed charges including attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, among other alleged crimes. Police booked her at Blair County Prison.

The case isn’t the first against Streightiff in Blair County. She faced two sets of charges in 2011, one involving a fight and another involving alleged aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Online court records show she pleaded guilty to lesser charges in both cases.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.