A New York mother was charged with allegedly killing her newborn baby after previously claiming that she had a miscarriage.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office identified the woman as 30-year-old Andee Wright, a resident of the town of Tonawanda.
According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, the alleged incident occurred on October 5, 2020, and after nearly a year-long investigation, Wright was charged on Tuesday with two counts of murder in the second degree.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Wright was alone in her residence when she gave birth to “a 38-week-old male infant.”
“She is accused of hitting the baby at least twice, which fractured the infant’s skull and resulted in his death,” the district attorney’s office said in the press release.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said that when he first learned about the incident in October 2020, “there was a claim that a baby was found dead in a home in the town of Tonawanda and that it was a miscarriage.”
“The circumstances were troubling to me,” Flynn continued. “I quite frankly didn’t believe that it was a miscarriage..it raised my eyebrows and it was a situation where I wanted a full-blown investigation on the matter.”
Flynn said Wright’s boyfriend was not at home when she gave birth, but he returned home the next morning with a friend. While Flynn was unable to provide specific details, he said when Wright’s boyfriend and his friend returned home, they did not initially know that Wright had a home birth, but noticed “that she was in some type of distress.”
When Wright’s boyfriend noticed that she was not feeling well, he rushed her to the hospital.
“A short time later, [authorities] found the baby’s body in a garbage bag in a garbage can in the basement of the home,” Flynn said during the press conference. “The baby was dead.”
Flynn said after an investigation, his office was able to determine that the baby was born alive and that Wright allegedly “struck the baby in the head and killed him” shortly after giving birth.
“The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the infant died from blunt force trauma focally penetrating trauma of the head,” the district attorney’s office said.
According to Flynn, a grand jury indicted Wright on two counts of murder in the second degree. “The first count of murder is intentional murder and the second count of murder is a depraved indifference to human life,” Flynn said.
Wright is currently being held on a $75,000 bond and if convicted of all charges, she faces “a maximum of 25 years to life in prison,” the district attorney’s office said.
Newsweek was directed to Flynn’s press conference after reaching out to his office for further comment.
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