Police Charge Mother Of Dead Infant With Murder

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 19-year-old student at a Catholic liberal arts college was charged with murder Thursday in the death of her newborn baby.
Police found the newborn girl early Wednesday morning in the
mother's dorm room at Bellarmine University.
Kathryn E. McCoy, of Plainfield, Ind., was arrested Thursday after being released from University Hospital.
Police say McCoy, a member of the school's golf team, tried to hide her pregnancy and the birth of the child from family and friends.
Louisville police Lt. Barry Wilkerson said McCoy had a roommate,
but the roommate did not know McCoy was pregnant.
"It was never discussed I guess," Wilkerson said. "They had some suspicion she might be, but they had no actual knowledge."
Police said McCoy gave birth to the girl in a bathroom connected to her dorm room in Anniversary Hall, then stayed inside the bathroom for about an hour. Then, McCoy went to the door and asked her roommate for a garbage bag, police said. McCoy said she gave birth to a girl, who fell in the toilet, causing her death, police said.
McCoy put the baby in the garbage bag and took it down the hall
to the trash room and left the infant there, police said. Her roommate found the infant in the trash room, then called police. McCoy then took the baby and hid her in a gym bag in an attempt to hide the birth, police said.
When police and EMS arrived at McCoy's dorm, she initially denied giving birth. Police searched the trash room, but couldn't find the baby, Wilkerson said.
"Upon further investigation, she told us where the baby was
located," Wilkerson said.
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Gayle Norris has not released
the official cause of death.
The child, found about 12:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, was at or near
full term, Norris said. The baby was pronounced dead at 1:06 a.m.,
she said.
A message left at a listing for her family in Plainfield was not immediately returned Thursday. Detectives spoke briefly with McCoy's parents Thursday morning, Wilkerson said. Wilkerson said McCoy has an attorney, but he would not say who it was.
"They made it clear they didn't wish her speaking to us,"
Wilkerson said.
A state law that took effect in 2002 generally allows parents or
people acting on their behalf to anonymously drop off newborns they
cannot care for at selected "safe" locations, including hospitals
or with EMS personnel, police officers or firefighters, without
fear of criminal prosecution.
The goal of the law was to eliminate incidents of newborns being
left in trash cans, public restrooms or other unsafe locations.
Detectives have not positively identified the father and are unsure whether he knew McCoy had the baby, Wilkerson said.
"It's early on," Wilkerson said. "We're going to have to determine if there was even knowledge by him."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Dan Location: Kentucky on Oct 29, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    This is so crazy. Being a new mother, I have no idea how anyone could intentionally hurt their own baby as precious as they are! Sickening! She deserves all she can get!!!
  • by SGT Howard Location: Ky on Oct 28, 2007 at 08:14 PM
    Fire the ole chair up and fry her butt......
  • by Angie Location: Leslie co on Oct 28, 2007 at 06:09 PM
    This is so sad to me, seems like that all you hear anymore is babies getting killed beat so many little ones out there that deserve so much better, i could never have kids and it hurts soooooo bad to kno that people can do this to a baby they are so precious i would have loved to got it and raised it she needs to be punished to the fullist.
  • by Anon Location: KY on Oct 28, 2007 at 06:08 PM
    While I agree that this girl obviously made the wrong decision, and should have to pay for that decision, everyone's comments seem to be more concerned with judging her than anything else. No, you should not be so quick to cast judgement on others unless you have walked in their shoes, sometimes that makes all the difference, understanding specifically what that person was going through, what their choices were, what kind of pressure they faced, because you don't know. Things look differently from different perspectives. Anyone who claims to be a grown up themselves should know that as well. I don't believe we can allow anyone to do such things and get away with it for any reason, but the important thing is whether she pays for her actions, not what everyone thinks of her.
  • by GAYLE Location: ORLANDO on Oct 28, 2007 at 06:06 PM
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Oct 28, 2007 at 03:08 PM
    Many people would have wanted that baby, what she considered a burden, may others would consider a true blessing. She could have done anything besides what she did.
  • by christin Location: NICHOLASVILLE on Oct 28, 2007 at 03:04 PM
    It is a shame that they have passed the law to where if you do not want your baby you can take it to a hospital and leave it and not tven have to worry about charges being against you. I understand that people get scared because I was got pregnant at 16, I know. But they're are so many other options out there. I know that if I can raise a baby that young it is possible for ANYONE to take responsibility for their own actions also. Now I have another child and I am only 19 years old too.
  • by ky Location: KY on Oct 28, 2007 at 07:52 AM
    I AGREE with the other poster yes i am sure she was scared, but come on she is 19 she is considered an adult!she was old enough to have sex ,she is old enough to have made plans for some one to take this most precious child,my sister also had 2 children by the time she was 16 and she did not kill either one she has worked everyday to support them.i am sure she was scared to death but her children are now 20 and 19 and they are both alive and happy and i cant even think of them not being here.so scared or not she was old enough to know that she had choices
  • by mommy 2 be Location: ky on Oct 28, 2007 at 05:01 AM
    I totally DISAGREE with Eric...and this is how these baby killers get out of it...."I was scared...I didn't know what I was doing....I am depressed"...blah blah blah. There were a lot of other options for her...If she was afraid that society wouldn't forgive her for getting pregenant, what was she thinking when she killed, we would forgive her for that? This is not the 18th century ppl get pregnant all the time out of wed lock. Its a common thing, no one cares...I feel so bad for this poor baby it didn't get a chance to live its life because of this horrible person...
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Oct 28, 2007 at 03:46 AM
    You are wrong to assume that this girl was probably Catholic because it was a Catholic college. I know someone whose son goes there and a large majority of the campus population ARE NOT Catholic which brings me to this point; Do you believe Catholics are holier than thou which was the reason the girl was afraid to tell anyone? Really, give that one a break. It doesn't matter the religion. For some people, just the fact of knowing what their parents would say is enough to worry about. You don't have to be religious to have worries about something like this.


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