MANCHESTER, Ky. — A woman in Kentucky has been charged with murder and domestic violence after a newborn baby was found dead in a trash bag earlier this month outside of her home.
Amber Bowling, 21, was taken into custody on Dec. 12 after investigators connected her to the baby, who had been found two days after birth by a man who also lives at the apartment complex.
It is believed that Bowling gave birth on Dec. 9, and then put the infant in a trash bag and threw him or her over the upstairs balcony onto the porch below.
An autopsy report determined that the child died from blunt-force trauma, as he or she suffered cranial bleeding and fractured ribs.
Bowling pleaded not guilty to the crime on Dec. 14, but a Clay County grand jury indicted her on Thursday. She is being held at the Clay County Detention Center.
“You just, you can’t fathom in your mind why someone would do something like this to an innocent baby,” Trooper Lloyd Cochran told WVLT-TV. “You just don’t know.”
Kentucky has a safe haven law in place that allows mothers to surrender their newborn babies—up to 30 days old—at a hospital, church, fire hall or police station without prosecution.