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Newborn found dead in bag under porch; mother charged

Newborn found dead in bag under porch; mother charged

- A Pennsylvania mother is facing charges after the body of a newborn boy was found in a crawlspace underneath the front porch of a home in Lawrence County Sunday night.

"Everybody that's been to that scene that was present who had to observe that has had a rough day", said Lt. Eric Hermick, of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Brittany Robinson's newborn baby boy was found by her father who was hanging up Christmas lights on Sunday afternoon.

CBS Pittsburgh reports that Brittany Robinson, 23, the mother of the baby, is accused of wrapping the infant in a t-shirt and a plastic Walmart bag, then placing him in a crawlspace under her home off of Ellwood Road.

Authorities arrested Robinson on 26 November and have charged her with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and concealing the death of a child.

According to court documents, Robinson told police she didn't know she was pregnant.

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According to Hermick, the suspect is Robinson, the baby's mother. "[There are] a lot of families out there that want children that can't have children". They believe the baby was born and placed in the crawl space sometime during the 24 hours before he was discovered.

Hemrick said the family claimed Robinson kept it all a secret. "This baby was in excellent physical condition". Police said she has an 8-year-old who doesn't live with her. She was discharged early Monday and was then arrested.

Officials will conduct an autopsy to determine what killed the 7-pound baby boy, WKBN reported.

Robinson told investigators she was having stomach pains on Friday, took a bath and began to give birth.

According to PAfamilies.org, the Safe Haven Law protects parents who leave newborns unharmed under 28 days old with a police officer or a hospital.

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