Further tests required in death of newborn

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October 06, 2005|By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN | JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER

More tests are needed to determine what happened to a newborn girl whose mother, a Villa Julie College student, led police Tuesday morning to the baby's body in a storm drain near her family's home in Clinton, authorities said yesterday.

Authorities hope an autopsy will shed light on whether the baby was stillborn and, if not, how and where she died - in Owings Mills, where the mother lived in a student apartment on Villa Julie's satellite campus, or in Prince George's County near her family's home.

The 20-year-old student, whose name has not been released by Baltimore County or Prince George's County police, told investigators that her baby took a breath before dying, authorities said yesterday. Her roommate told police she might have heard a baby crying at their college apartment early Monday.

Police were called to the Villa Julie satellite campus early Tuesday by the roommate, who heard noises coming from their apartment bathroom Monday morning, found blood on the bathroom floor that afternoon and then waited up through the night to see whether the student would return. When she did not, the roommate called police.

Investigators found the student at her family's home in the Clinton area of Prince George's County. She led police Tuesday morning to a 10-foot-deep storm drain, where officers found the baby, which appeared to have been full-term, police said.

A Baltimore County police spokesman said yesterday that it could be a while before autopsy results are available.

"The medical examiner does these things until the medical examiner has exhausted all the possibilities and comes up with solid rulings," spokesman Bill Toohey said. "We've had some toxicology tests take weeks."

No charges have been filed.

jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com

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