The bizarre incident took place at the Odessa Regional Medical Center Monday evening when Marcus McCowan Jr. broke into the nursery after attacking staff. He stole a newborn from their mom and brought them to the Lactation Room where he strangle the baby before nurses intervened.
The baby’s facial color changed from the lack of oxygen but was expected to survive. McCowan then grabbed a baby girl by the neck and began shaking her yelling “die”.
A respiratory therapist kept the child from falling when McCowan proceeded to throw her to the floor
Marcus Dewayne McCowan Jr. was taken into custody on Monday and charged with a slew of felonies, including two counts of attempted first-degree capital murder, jail records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
According to a press release from the Odessa Police Department, officers at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 responded to multiple 911 calls about a disturbance at Odessa Regional Medical Center in the 500 block of East 6th Street. Staffers at the hospital told police that a man had “forced his way into the Nursery and began assaulting patients and staff,” the release states.
First responders reportedly arrived on the scene after a therapist was able to temporarily subdue McCowan, but upon making contact with the suspect, police said he was “aggressive towards officers, which led to a physical altercation.” During the altercation with multiple officers, McCowan allegedly “attempted to take one of their firearms from its holster” but was unsuccessful.
McCowan was reportedly at the hospital because his girlfriend was in labor; he was allegedly acting “odd and unreasonable” prior to the alleged attack. He then allegedly grabbed the arm of a nurse, made an “unintelligible statement,” and was asked to leave. Instead, he reportedly started “running back and forth in the hall.”