Autopsy set today for student's baby

Newborn was found in storm drain

Maryland

October 05, 2005|By NICK SHIELDS | NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER

An autopsy is scheduled for today in the death of a Villa Julie College student's newborn baby, whose body was found after the woman led police to a storm drain near her parents' home, police said.

It was unclear yesterday whether the baby girl was stillborn, Baltimore County police said. The 20-year-old woman's roommate had reported the woman missing early yesterday after finding blood in their dormitory bathroom.

The woman was found in Prince George's County, and she led investigators to the baby's body.

The woman's roommate was getting ready for class about 6:30 a.m. Monday when she found that the bathroom door was locked and heard noises coming from the room, said Baltimore County police spokeswoman Vickie Warehime. The roommate decided to use another bathroom, then went to class.

The woman later told police that she might have heard a baby crying, Warehime said.

Monday afternoon, the roommate found blood in the bathroom, police said. The roommate called police at 2:30 a.m. yesterday after waiting through the night to see whether the woman would return.

An investigation led detectives to the woman's parents' home in the Clinton area of Prince George's County.

About 9:30 a.m. yesterday, the woman led detectives to a 10-foot-deep storm drain, where the baby, which appeared to be full-term, was found, Warehime said.

The roommate did not know that the 20-year-old woman was pregnant, Warehime said.

The 20-year-old was taken to a local hospital, Warehime said. Police said no charges had been filed and that the woman was not in custody. They did not release the name of the woman or her roommate.

Villa Julie officials sent e-mail messages to the students and staff of the 2,500-student campus yesterday to let them know that police were investigating "an incident" at one of the college's apartment buildings in Owings Mills related to the death of a newborn. The college has made counselors available to students wishing to speak to someone about what happened.

"We're letting the police handle the investigation, and we're just taking care of our students," said Brian Shea, a college spokesman. He declined to provide any information about the student.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Jennifer McMenamin contributed to this article.

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