Infant's cause of death revealed after baby's body found buried in Chesterfield backyard

Updated: Apr. 12, 2017 at 12:45 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield woman is facing charges for allegedly aborting her own baby, and the medical examiner released the cause of death of the infant.

The medical examiner says the infant died after suffering "penetrating injuries to the head."

The autopsy report showed another factor in the baby boy's death was the mother's use of methadone and two other drugs used to treat anxiety and ADHD.

Michelle Roberts is charged with forcing an abortion or miscarriage in her third trimester, and officers say the baby's body was found buried in the backyard of Roberts' home in February 2016.

Roberts is due in court on April 24.


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