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Woman hid newborn's remains in bag under pile of laundry, court docs say

Posted at 3:41 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 15:41:23-05

DRY RIDGE, Ky. — Authorities say a Northern Kentucky woman sealed her newborn child's remains in a plastic bag hidden under a pile of clothes in her home. She now faces charges of abusing a corpse and concealing her child's birth.

According to court documents, crews rushed 24-year-old Pamela Davis to St. Elizabeth Hospital Edgewood on Feb. 17 for bleeding and “severe trauma” consistent with being raped or giving birth.

Hospital staff reported her injuries to police, though Davis denied giving birth or being pregnant. Grant County Sheriff's deputies later spoke to her fiance but did not search the home on Vallandingham Drive.

After a hormone test revealed it was likely Davis had given birth in the past 24 hours, she admitted she gave birth and told deputies where the child's body could be found.

Upon searching the home on Feb. 19, deputies found the “remains of a human infant” inside a plastic bag hidden beneath a pile of clothes in the laundry room. It is unclear if the infant was stillborn.

Davis has been charged with abuse of a corpse and concealing the birth of a child, and she will appear in court on March 16.