Amber Bowling a Kentucky mother is charged with murder after tossing her three day old baby in a trash bag & throwing it over the banister of a staircase.
A Kentucky woman has been charged with murder after placing her newborn baby in a trash bag and throwing it over the banister of a staircase.
Amber Bowling, 21, of Manchester, gave birth on Sunday and three days later her baby was found dead on Tuesday morning.
She told authorities she threw her crying baby in a trash bag then threw the bag over an upstairs staircase banister of her apartment complex, according to Kentucky.com.
Paul Herd, a resident of the apartment, was returning from work at 7.30am on Tuesday when he saw the bag lying in leaves near the stairs to his second-floor apartment, according to LEX18.
He took the child inside and called police.
Officials pronounced the infant dead soon afterwards. The bag had been outside of the home for several hours.
‘I couldn’t sleep at night knowing, just seeing what he’s seen, over and over in your mind again,’ Herd’s son Tyler Herd said.
The newborn suffered fractures to the cranium and ribs and brain bleeding, according to the autopsy as per WLEX.
Bowling was arrested at 3.30pm on Wednesday and is being held in the Clay County Detention Center.
The mother’s actions have since unsettled the local community.
‘Why didn’t she take that child to the hospital and say, “I can’t raise it?” There’s families waiting on these kids,’ Clay County Sheriff Angie Johnson said.
‘It’s heartbreaking. Baffles your mind thinking about who could have done this and why,’ KSP Trooper Lloyd Cochran said to Wave3.
Appearing in court, Friday morning for her arraignment, Bowling entered a not guilty plea. A judge appointed a public defender for Bowling.