Child minder Quethlie Alexis signed a sworn affidavit in December after going to the authorities in her native Bahamas, where Smith lived, with claims of child abuse and suicide.
And now the legal document is fuelling reports that Smith committed suicide in a Florida hotel suite last week.
In the document, obtained by Web site TMZ.com, Alexis claims Smith "attempted to commit suicide" on two separate occasions, while she was employed as her baby daughter Dannielynn's nanny.
She states, "On the first occasion, she drank, in my presence, an entire bottle of what I believed to be a sleeping aid."
Alexis claims that when Smith woke up 48 hours later, she told her nanny, "I wanted to die... I meant to kill myself."
Alexis also alleges Smith "tried to drown herself" in her swimming pool, and had to be rescued by her companion Howard K. Stern, who told her, "If anything happens to you, I would go to jail."
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