April 21, 2013

Courtney Addington - Jailed After Newborn Infant Found Stuffed In Garbage Bag Despite "Safely Surrendered Baby" Law


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Sacramento, CA (The Weekly Vice) - Courtney Addington, a 24-year-old California woman, was jailed Tuesday after she allegedly delivered a live baby that was later found dead in a garbage bag under her bed.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, an investigation was launched in late January after Addington was admitted to Mercy General Hospital following complications arising from excessive bleeding from her vaginal area.

Hospital staff determined during the examination that Addington had recently given birth, however Addington repeatedly denied birthing a child and insisted that she was suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Hospital staff notified the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office who drove out to Addington's residence to have a look around. That's when deputies discovered a deceased newborn infant that had been stuffed into a garbage bag and hidden under a bed at the residence.

Detectives searched Addington's cell phone and found online search phrases that included: "irritable bowel syndrome medication," "signs that your water is about to break," "what to expect in labor," and "how to stop loss of blood."

As the investigation unfolded over the next few months, investigators determined that the baby girl, who is now named Hayden Elaine, was alive at the time of birth.

Family members told detectives that they suspected Addington was pregnant, but she denied being pregnant and claimed she was suffering from IBS.

Perhaps the saddest part of the case for investigators is the senseless death of a newborn child despite California's Safely Surrendered Baby law which allows parents the freedom to surrender an unwanted newborn to the state within 72 hours of birth - no questioned asked. The provision was signed into law more than 7 years ago.

Addington was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and charged with murder. A bond amount has not yet been set in the case.


Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice



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