ELLWOOD CITY Newborn found dead; Mother, 1 other charged
The suspects are in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. -- Police say an autopsy planned today should reveal how a baby, found wrapped in plastic in a wooded area, died.
Ellwood City police found the newborn at 7:43 p.m. Sunday in the rear of 502 Argonne Boulevard after receiving an anonymous tip, said District Attorney Matthew Mangino.
Mangino said that police later determined Cathleen Dannielle Winterbottom, 19, of 215 Portersville Road, Ellport, was the mother.
Winterbottom and Jason Lewis Wilds, 23, also of 215 Portersville Road, Ellport, each face charges of concealing the death of a child, abuse of a corpse and two counts of conspiracy on both charges. It's not clear if Wilds is the father.
Dead at birth: According to an affidavit filed by police to support the charges, Winterbottom told police in an interview early today that she gave birth to the baby in her apartment on June 10, but it was dead. She said she wrapped it in a towel and plastic bag and later put the body in a closet of a spare room of her apartment, court records said.
Police said Wilds also admitted he was there on June 10 and said the baby appeared to be dead after it was born. He told police he put the body in a plastic garbage bag.
Wilds told police they took the baby's body to the wooded area on Argonne Boulevard later that day, according to the police affidavit.
Mangino said the autopsy should reveal if the baby was alive when it was born and added that more charges could be filed.
Winterbottom and Wilds are in Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. Preliminary hearings are set for June 27.