POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8:04pm
East St. Louis (KTVI-CNN) — The East St. Louis Police Department is investigating a newborn baby's death.
Police chief Michael Floore says, on Friday, September 27 around 5:00 p.m., a woman in the 500 block of North 23rd street gave birth to a baby boy at home. What happened next shocked investigators.
Chief Floore says the woman threw the baby out of a second floor window, into some weeds.
Police were alerted around 10:00 p.m. by a caller, saying a baby had been found in a yard.
The 23-year-old woman is in police custody and has been charged with throwing her baby out a window. She's at a local hospital being evaluated.
Officals say the woman has told them that she wrapped the baby in a sheet, before throwing her son out a second floor window into some bushes. She later told her family about the birth, saying she had miscarried. A family member went to look for the baby, discovering the baby in the front yard.
An investigation is ongoing.