Bail is set at $50,000 in killing of newborn

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Bail was set at $50,000 yesterday for a former Villa Julie College student accused of killing her newborn daughter.

Prosecutors asked during a hearing in District Court in Towson that Danielle Eboni Riley, 21, continue to be held without bail while awaiting trial. But Judge Nancy M. Cohen said she took into account the woman's lack of a criminal record and that she had turned herself in to face charges.

The judge set conditions for the woman's release on bond: Riley will be required to call pretrial services officials weekly and continue to receive psychological counseling.

After the hearing, Riley returned to the Baltimore County Detention Center, where she has been held since being charged Wednesday with first-degree murder. Officials at the jail said yesterday evening that they had no records indicating that bond had been posted for her.

Riley, of Forestville in Prince George's County, is accused of killing her baby shortly after giving birth in October in a dormitory at the college's satellite campus in Owings Mills, according to charging documents filed Wednesday. The infant's body was found in a trash bag in a storm drain in Clinton in Prince George's.

An autopsy concluded that the child died of head trauma, asphyxiation and exposure. Police have not said how or why they believe the infant was killed. Riley withdrew from classes in October, according to college officials.

During a court appearance Thursday, she told another judge that she was not responsible for the child's death, saying, "I didn't do what they said."

William Brennan Jr., a lawyer for Riley, said during yesterdays' hearing that the woman had been receiving counseling since shortly after her daughter was found dead. He said that the baby might have been born about two months premature, but he did not elaborate.

A pretrial services representative said that Riley has a son but did not say how old the boy is or who has custody of him.

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