updated 1/30/2007 5:16:07 PM ET 2007-01-30T22:16:07

A mother accidentally suffocated her baby while trying to protect him from rats in her rodent-infested New York apartment, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Gladys Robles said her home had so many rodents, she would have her 8-week-old son sleep in her bed to protect him. But this week Robles rolled on top of the boy and killed him in her sleep, according to the New York Daily News.

Robles woke up to find the baby with blue lips, the newspaper reported.

The building has reportedly been cited by the city for nearly 380 violations, including 20 for mice and rodent infestations. The landlord told the Daily News he was not aware of any rat problems.

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