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Newborn baby’s death is ruled a homicide but police haven’t charged the mother

Newborn found dead in garbage bag in Ohio college dorm bathroom was alive for less than an hour before being discovered, coroner reveals as his death is ruled a homicide

  • Baby was found dead in October 2019 in bathroom of a dorm at Hiram College  
  • Infant boy was discovered with the umbilical cord still attached, officials said 
  • Coroner ruled the death a homicide and said the baby was alive for no longer than an hour; the baby died of asphyxiation due to postpartum inattention
  • Investigators have not arrested the baby’s mom or released any information her

An Ohio coroner ruled on Thursday that the death of a baby found in a trash can last year was a homicide.

The boy was found with the umbilical cord still attached in a women’s bathroom in Whitcomb Hall at Hiram College last October.

According to a coroner report obtained by the Record-Courier, the child was alive for no longer than an hour and died of asphyxiation due to postpartum inattention. 

  

An Ohio coroner ruled on Thursday that the death of a baby found in a trash can last year was a homicide. Investigators at the scene in October 2019

The boy was found with the umbilical cord still attached in a women’s bathroom in Whitcomb Hall at Hiram College last October

The boy was found with the umbilical cord still attached in a women’s bathroom in Whitcomb Hall at Hiram College last October

If the child had received the proper medical attention, it’s believed he would have survived. 

Hiram Village Police Chief Brian Gregory wrote in a report that the trash bag was discovered on the floor of the women’s bathroom tied shut. 

Housekeeping staff collected the bag and took it to the back of the building, where maintenance discovered the contents.

The contents of the bag included bloody paper towels, a dark blue hoodie, a pair of women’s underwear, and a wrapper for a women’s hygiene product.

Gregory said there have been no charges or arrests made and authorities have not released information about the child’s mother. 

Hiram police are investigating along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

According to a coroner report, the child was alive for no longer than an hour and died of asphyxiation due to postpartum inattention

According to a coroner report, the child was alive for no longer than an hour and died of asphyxiation due to postpartum inattention

Hiram (pictured) is a private liberal arts college with about 1,100 students and is about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland

Hiram (pictured) is a private liberal arts college with about 1,100 students and is about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland

Hiram College President Dr Lori Varlotta told Cleveland 19: ‘It’s sad. It’s shocking. Words are really inadequate. Really, we’re in shock.’

Varlotta also said that the college’s dorms are locked, so there shouldn’t be anyone in the restrooms who is not a student. 

Hiram is a private liberal arts college with about 1,100 students and is about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland.

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