Mother of dead baby is arrested

Posted by Lara Malbon

KENBRIDGE, VA (WWBT) -  A 17-year-old female has been arrested for illegally disposing the body of her dead baby.

Kenbridge Police said a resident found the body Thursday behind his property on Broad Street.  He was removing shrubbery and found a plastic bag with the baby inside.

According to authorities, the mother said she delivered the baby April 14th at her home and the baby was born dead.  The following day she put the baby in a bag with some clothing and placed the bag in the vegetation.  The mother says she and the child's father are from Guatemala and did not know what to do.

Police are awaiting the autopsy results from the state Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond.

The 17-year-old is being held at the Piedmont Detention Center for Juveniles in Farmville, Va.

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