Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tullytown mom reportedly said baby was stillborn, she didn't know she was pregnant
Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Bucks County detectives are investigating the death of a three-day old boy whose mother said she delivered the baby alone in her Tullytown bedroom and believed he was stillborn, according to court documents in the case.
The woman allegedly told investigators Thursday that she did not know she was pregnant until she went into labor early Monday, according to documents. After giving birth, she placed the newborn in a black plastic trash bag where he was found on her bedroom floor by the woman’s son Thursday morning, documents said.
The newspaper is not identifying the woman since she had not been charged with a crime.
The Bucks County coroner was expected to perform an autopsy on the newborn Friday to determine the cause of death, but the newspaper was unsuccessful in reaching coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell for comment.
Tullytown Acting Police Chief Sgt. Dan Doyle on Thursday night declined to reveal details of the investigation pending the autopsy report, but he did say they had a “person of interest” and that an arrest was “likely.”
Bucks County Detectives served a search warrant Thursday seeking any evidence of a birth of a child including bedding, clothing, pillows, pregnancy kits, medical records, a desktop computer, black plastic trash bags containing the deceased infant and other “evidence of birth” in the home, specifically a rear bedroom identified as the woman’s, according to the warrant.
Police were called to the Lakeside Drive home about 11 a.m. Thursday after a friend called 911 to report a dead baby in a trash bag. When police arrived, they were met by the woman who allowed them into the house and led them to her bedroom, where a police officer saw a black plastic bag on the floor near the bed, according to the probable cause affidavit attached to the warrant.
The woman’s son allegedly found the bag Thursday and opened it, saw the baby inside, checked for signs of life, then closed the bag, according to the affidavit.
A Bucks County detective who responded to the scene, touched the outside of the black plastic bag “and felt what appeared to be a small head, and fingers and toes,” according to the affidavit. The detective cut into the bag and smelled an odor he recognized as decomposition, and saw the infant’s head.
In an interview with detectives, the woman admitted delivering the boy in her bedroom where the newborn was found and placing him in the plastic bag after believing he was dead.
“She stated she did not know she was pregnant during her pregnancy and that she did not notify anyone including medical personnel or law enforcement about the birth,” according to the affidavit.
The woman consented to a search of the home and she also consented to a DNA swab for testing, according to the court documents.