A woman who gave birth to a baby boy alone at home has been accused of deliberately killing the infant before dumping his body in a bin.
Andee Wright, of Tonawanda, New York, was in court on Tuesday September 7 to be charged with two counts of murder, according to a statement from the Erie County District Attorney's office.
Wright, 30, had originally claimed that she'd suffered a miscarriage in the 38th week of her pregnancy. However questions were raised about her story.
District Attorney John Flynn said: “It raised my eyebrows, and it was a situation where I wanted a full-blown investigation on the matter.”
Wright gave birth some time on October 25, last year, some time between 2.30am and 3.15am. Her boyfriend had been out when the boy was born, but returned home with a friend not long afterwards.
Seeing the distressed state that Wright was in, he immediately dialled the emergency number 911.
When paramedics arrived they found the newborn’s body in the bin, reports Crime Online.
The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office declined to go into detail about how the baby had died, but DA Flynn said that the child’s skull had been fractured with a “precise, edge like instrument or object”.
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He added that there was only a short time between birth and the alleged murder: “When I say quick, it was quick”.
The investigation is a complex one, says Flynn:
"I had to make sure that the baby was born,” he said.
“I had to make sure that my i's were dotted and my t's were crossed and I was 100% sure beyond a reasonable doubt of going to a court of law that it was not a miscarriage.’"
Her attorney, Paul Dell, described the incident as a 'tragedy' and added that “they're taking this one step at a time”.
Wright’s trial date has yet to be confirmed and the judge set her bail at $75,000.
Wright faces two counts of second-degree murder. One count was for intentional murder and the other was for depraved indifference to human life.
If convicted of both charges, Wright could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life.
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