New Jersey woman accused of killing infant son

December 17, 2009 1:13:20 PM PST
A 22-year-old New Jersey woman in under arrest Thursday, accused of killing her newborn child. Prosecutors says Keri Barry gave birth to her baby on December 12 in Wayne. The infant was later found in garbage bags.

Authorities say Barry was alone at the time of the birth and made no attempt to seek medical attention. An autopsy determined the child to be a healthy full-term baby boy who was born alive.

When Barry's family learned that something was physically wrong with her, they took her to Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, where hospital staff realized she had recently given birth. As the whereabouts of the child were not known, the Wayne Police Department was notified, and an investigation was initiated.

A consent search of the home was conducted, and garbage bags allegedly containing the afterbirth were located and collected. Upon searching the bags at headquarters, the dead baby was found. The autopsy determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation.

Barry is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

She faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.


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