Medical Records Seized In Baby Death Investigation

November 14, 2018

SHICKSHINNY — State troopers investigating the death of a newborn baby found stuffed in a trash bag have seized medical records for the mother who claimed no knowledge of her pregnancy.

The mother gave birth to a baby girl while on the toilet at a home at 499 state Route 239, Union Twp., the afternoon of Nov. 2. The woman told troopers she did not know she had been pregnant.

In a search warrant filed in court Tuesday, troopers wrote the mother’s foster sister and her husband said they had no knowledge the woman had been pregnant. But the foster sister told police the mother had an appointment with Dr. Erica Perez in Shickshinny on Oct. 23.

According to the warrant return, troopers seized 21 pages of records about the mother that were filed between Feb. 1 and Nov. 2, the nine months of her pregnancy.

Police said after delivering the child the woman put the girl in two grocery bags and then put those bags inside a trash bag, which she left on a couch near a burn pit on the property. The mother told police the child had been alive and breathing.

Authorities learned about the situation when the mother went to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital to be treated for a reported diabetic emergency. When doctors examined her they discovered the mother had very recently given birth.

By the time police found the child on Nov. 3, the baby was dead.

No charges have been filed.

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