EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - East St. Louis Police say a woman who threw her newborn baby out of a second story window has been released from jail and is pending charges. The infant was found dead alongside an abandoned house. Police say an autopsy was conducted on the baby boy. However, a cause of
death was not determined.
Walter May Jr. can't believe his friend, a 23-year-old woman, gave birth to a baby boy in a bathroom in his home Friday evening then left the house as if nothing had happened.
"When she came down then she went on a date and came back faithfully she said she wanted to go to the hospital." said friend Walter May Jr.
May says he called an ambulance, and when it arrived, his friend told the paramedics about the baby.
"When the ambulance came the lady picked her up. She went on the side she had told them something she had did. I didn't know what it was." said Walter May Jr.
About five hours later, East St. Louis Police arrived on the scene and found the infant, wrapped in a towel lying in weeds and brush along the side of a vacant house next door in the 500 block of North 23Rd Street.
"The mother of the baby informed them she gave birth to the baby upstairs in the bathroom in her bedroom." said Chief Michael Floore Sr. of the East St. Louis Police Department. "The baby wasn't breathing and then she wraps the baby up and then she throws the baby out a second story window."
Investigators say the woman couldn't explain her actions. But, those actions that are hard to understand.
Police believe the woman has issues including drug and mental challenges. The Child Death Review Task Force is investigating the case.
The State's Attorney has taken it under advisement and is awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.
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