Woman tried to flush newborn down hospital toilet, left baby in trash Woman tried to flush newborn down hospital toilet, left baby in trash
Chilling reports from Iowa City, Iowa detail what police say an Iowa woman did after unexpectedly delivering a baby in the bathroom of the University of... Woman tried to flush newborn down hospital toilet, left baby in trash

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Chilling reports from Iowa City, Iowa detail what police say an Iowa woman did after unexpectedly delivering a baby in the bathroom of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Ashley Hautzenrader, 22, faces a charge of child endangerment after giving birth in the bathroom, trying to flush the baby down the toilet — she thought it was dead — and tossing it in a trash can, the Press-Citizen reports.

Hautzenrader, police say, didn’t know she was pregnant and thought the baby was dead because it wasn’t crying. After that, she put the child in a pillowcase and threw it in a trash can.

It’s not immediately clear what condition the baby is in.

Hautzenrader faces a charge of child endangerment, which could land her up to two years in prison. She was released from the Johnson County Jail on Tuesday.

Valentine Chukwu

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