Campbell County, Tennessee grand jury indicts woman on murder charges

From sister station WVLT:

A Campbell Co. Grand Jury charged Wanda Cieslak with two counts of Felony Murder as well as Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect and Aggravated Child Neglect related to the death of her newborn baby.

The child was found dead in a garbage bag just outside of LaFollette city limits. Chief Jimmy Jeffries indicated a preliminary report could not find any reason the baby was not born alive and healthy.

The newborn was discovered wrapped in a blanket inside a bag shortly after one o'clock early Friday morning in the 100 block of Hatmaker Drive.

Officials believe the baby was born in a home in the 500 block of South Indiana Ave. that was quarantined for
methampetamine production on October 11. They think the baby was born two days later.

Cieslak was later picked up on a bench warrant.

Neighbors said they were shocked to hear Wanda Cieslak has been charged with first degree murder. Now, they watch as the woman whose drug habits they say spiraled out of control heads to trial for the death of her son.

Robert Wilson lived across the street from Cieslak's mother, the same house Wanda gave birth in. "It's a shock" Wilson says, "We never would've dreamed of anything like this, of her. It's a shock to me."

For two years Wilson tells us he watched as Cieslak's drug habit went overboard. He says she would steal from neighbors, was kicked out of her mothers house and slept anywhere she could.

Worse, Wilson tells us Cieslak would continue shooting Methamphetamine while she was pregnant.

It's the same story John Davis told us.

"That's the whole reason the baby isn't here anymore," Davis said. "She got on drugs real bad and would do anything she could and whenever she could to get more."

Davis wished she would've reached out for help with her pregnancy. She gave birth just a block away from an Ambulance dispatch center which would have legally taken her child without question.


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