Kentucky woman charged with murder after 'tossing crying three-day-old into a trash bag and throwing it over a staircase"
Amber Bowling gave birth to the baby on Sunday and the infant was found dead on Tuesday morning outside a neighbor's house
A 21-year-old Kentucky woman has been charged with murder after she killed her three-day-old baby by putting the child in a trash bag and then throwing it over the banister of a staircase, according to police.
The woman, identified as Amber Bowling from Manchester, Clay County, gave birth to the baby boy on Sunday and three days later the child was found dead in the morning.
Bowling, while talking to the authorities, confessed to her crime, saying that she threw the crying baby in a trash bag and then threw the bag over an upstairs staircase banister of her apartment complex.
Another resident of the apartment, Paul Herd, found the bag lying among leaves near the stairs to his second-floor apartment when he was returning form work at 7:30 am on Tuesday. He reportedly found the child inside, took him to the apartment and called police, according to LEX18.
21-year-old Amber Bowling admitted to police that she put her baby in a trash bag just hours after giving birth. https://t.co/M9y9oRxrJ0— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) December 13, 2018
Shortly after their arrival, officials pronounced the child dead. Reports state that the bag had been outside of the home for several hours before Herd found it.
Reports state that the newborn suffered multiple fracutres to the cranium and ribs, causing brain bleeding, according to the autopsy.
"I couldn’t sleep at night knowing, just seeing what he’s seen, over and over in your mind again," Herd's son Tyler Herd said.
Bowling was arrested on Wednesday at 3:30 pm and is currently being held in the Clay County Detention Center.
Clay County Sheriff Angie Johnson expressed incredulity over the incident, and said that the woman should have just given away the child to families who are in need. "Why didn’t she take that child to the hospital and say, "I can’t raise it?" There’s families waiting on these kids," Johnson said.
"It’s heartbreaking. Baffles your mind thinking about who could have done this and why," KSP Trooper Lloyd Cochran said, while talking to Wave3.