Thursday, September 07, 2006

Baby Killed in Montgomery Gas Station Toilet

The young woman walked into the Gas Depot around 1 p.m. last Friday. Approximately 40 minutes later she left. In between, she apparently gave birth to a six-pound baby girl, placed the baby in the toilet tank and let her newborn child die. The preliminary autopsy indicates the baby was alive. We don’t know if the woman was mentally incompetent. Maybe she was distraught and desperate. Perhaps she didn’t know that under Alabama law she could have gone to any emergency medical services provider or fire station, and it would have taken the baby. Perhaps she didn’t care. Now she is a wanted woman, and all we know about her is what witnesses recall and what the surveillance video shows: a black woman, around 120 pounds, with a ponytail, wearing a red shirt and black pants.

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