Saturday, February 22, 2020

Mum charged for leaving newborn with umbilical cord to die

A mother is accused of abandoning her newborn baby and leaving her to die in a vacant lot in freezing temperatures.

Baby Sophie Grace Hadden was found dead with her umbilical cord still attached on November 12 last year.

Mum Nicole Layman, 22, from Port Jervis, New York, is now facing second-degree murder charges.

The baby, who was naked except for a blanket in which she had been wrapped, was found by a passerby on the corner of Hornbeck Avenue and Brooklyn Street.

It is believed that Sophie was abandoned shortly after being born.

An autopsy concluded the baby was born alive but died after being left in "freezing cold temperatures in the vacant lot".

Layman was identified as the mother the same day but was only arrested after more forensic evidence was found.

Port Jervis Police chief William Worden said: “The grave nature of the crime for which the defendant is accused has emotionally touched all involved in this investigation and our community at large.”

Layman is due to appear at the City Port Jervis Court on Monday.

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