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Woman charged after newborn found dead in trash can

Associated Press - February 27, 2016 3:09 pm

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An Olathe woman will stand trial in the death of her newborn daughter, whose body was found in a trash can.

Twenty-year-old Marissa Carol Fields is charged with first-degree felony murder and aggravated abandonment of a child. After a preliminary hearing Friday, Fields’ attorney entered not guilty pleas for her.

Prosecutors say Fields gave birth at home in December 2014 after not telling anyone she was pregnant.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/21zo3Va) she told police the child was born blue and was cold to the touch. She said she put her in plastic bags and in the trash can because she was in shock.

Medical testimony Friday indicated the baby was born alive and took at least one breath. The baby was full term and had no injuries.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com.

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