Police charge Towson woman, 29, in suffocation of newborn daughter

July 13, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Towson woman was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the suffocation of her newborn daughter, who was found in a closet in the woman's home, Baltimore County police said.

Kelly Elizabeth Norton, 29, of the 900 block of Beaverbank Circle was denied bail by a court commissioner and is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing by a judge.

The state medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide because the infant was breathing on her own before she was suffocated, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Paramedics went to the home about 6:15 a.m. July 4 after Norton's stepfather found her bleeding on the bathroom floor, police said. She was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

About an hour later, the stepfather opened a closet in the bathroom and found a pile of towels. Underneath the pile was the dead infant with a blue plastic bag over her head, police said.

Family members had been asking Norton for several months if she was pregnant, and she denied it, police said. Police said Norton, the mother of two, told them she did not believe she was pregnant. She said she thought she was gaining weight or might have a cyst, but had delayed seeking medical advice, according to police.

Norton said she had no memory of giving birth, police said.

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