A Washington state trailer park similar to the one where a baby's head was decapitated. Photo via Flickr commons.
A young, Centralia, Washington mother is being charged for cutting off her baby’s head shortly after she gave birth. Police are saying that there is evidence that Laura L. Hickey, 25, gave birth to a premature baby, at around 21 weeks of gestation, and then killed the baby by cutting his head off. According to The Press Association, at least a week went by before charging the mother with the infants murder as authorities waited for a medical examiner’s report to confirm whether or not the tiny baby was alive at birth. Hickey reportedly admitted to police that she had removed the baby’s head and stuck the baby in a container under the kitchen sink.
While a 21 month gestation neonate has little chance of survival, prosecutors filed a first degree murder charge because of the baby’s live birth. Authorities were originally notified when Hickley, who was residing at the Peppertree West Motor Inn (a trailer and RV park), called out for help, prompting a neighbor to dial 911. The woman was rushed to the hospital after telling first responders that she had a miscarriage but upon arrival, a medical exam showed that the woman had actually given birth. When authorities pressed her for information, she told them that she had cut off her baby’s head with a kitchen knife. Hickley has 3 other children whom the state removed from her custody about a year ago. The specific reason for the childrens DCFS intervention is not yet known.
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