Local woman accused of tossing newborn from second-story window out of custody

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by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 8:45 AM

(KMOV.com) -- A 23-year-old woman arrested after she told police she threw her newborn infant boy from a second story window was released from jail Monday morning.  

Investigators are waiting for toxicology and other tests to confirm the baby’s cause of death before filing criminal charges.  

Police were called to the 500 block of N. 23rd Street in East St Louis around 10:40 p.m. Friday.

People in the house reported that the woman was in pain and needed an ambulance.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore says the woman admitted she gave birth a few hours earlier and threw the baby from a second-floor window.

“According to her, the baby wasn’t breathing, you know.  At which time, she wrapped the baby in what we believe to be a sheet or a towel of some sort and then she threw the baby out of the window,” said  Floore.

“She went on about her day,” he added.

News 4 spoke with a man at the home named Walter May, Jr.  He says there were several people at the house on Friday, but no one knew the woman was giving birth upstairs.

“I didn’t know, at all, until the ambulance came and police came back,” said May.

State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly told News 4 his office is waiting for results of testing to pin down the cause of death because a wide range of charges are possible.  

The Southern Illinois Child Death Investigative Task Force is also investigating, along with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.  DCFS received a hotline call about the death just before 3 a.m. on September 28.  

DCFS says the woman has no other children and there are no other children in the house.

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