[UPDATE BELOW]: A babysitter in Manhattan is accused of attempting to suffocate a 2-month-old infant in her charge by stuffing baby wipes down his throat.

According to a criminal complaint provided by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, Marianne Benjamin-Williams, 45, was babysitting the infant and his 14-month-old sister in their Waterside Plaza apartment in Kips Bay on May 18th, when the former had to be rushed to Bellevue Hospital because he wasn't breathing correctly. The infant underwent surgery, according to the complaint, whereupon doctors found and removed "a balled up baby wipe" from his throat.

Though Benjamin-Williams allegedly told investigators that the baby "likes to chew on baby wipes," a child abuse pediatrician at Bellevue told police the wipe "had been intentionally placed inside of the baby's mouth and intentionally pushed down his throat," per the complaint. The pediatrician also noted that the baby's 14-month-old sister would not have the "strength, finger length, or developmental ability" to shove the wipe down his throat, leaving Benjamin-Williams—who was alone with the children at the time—the likely culprit, according to prosecutors.

Benjamin-Williams has been charged with attempted murder, strangulation, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, among others. She pleaded not guilty in court yesterday; attorney Leonard Levenson, who did not immediately respond to Gothamist's request for comment, told the court the infant "must have" swallowed the wipe on his own, and that Benjamin-Williams had attempted to save him.

Meanwhile, in addition to the child endangerment charges, Benjamin-Williams has been charged with falsifying documents that she used to get hired as a babysitter. She is being held on $100,000 bail.

Update 1:44 p.m.: Benjamin-Williams' attorney, Leonard Levenson, told Gothamist there's "virtually no evidence" tying Benjamin-Williams to the alleged attempted murder. "Her side of the story is, the district attorney is guessing. And you don't indict and convict on a guess," he said. " Our position is that it just as easily could have been the mother, who had postpartum depression, as the babysitter. We're not accusing the mother because there is no evidence, but there's also virtually no evidence tying the case to babysitter."

He added, "The babysitter had nothing to gain by deliberately trying to kill the child. She was paid $900 week, which is a fortune to a person who couldn't find a steady job because she was an alien." Levenson noted that Benjamin-Williams attempted to resuscitate the infant once it was clear he had trouble breathing, and said the charge "makes absolutely no sense."