INFANTICIDE: Dead Trunk Baby Ruled Homicide

The Delaware County medical examiner has made public his findings in the death of a newborn boy – found last January in the trunk of a car. Medical examiner Fredric Hellman would not comment but released a written statement citing asphyxiation – smothering – as the cause of death for the newborn baby boy. His death has been ruled a homicide and charges are pending. The baby was found January 22nd in a duffel bag in the trunk of a car on Drexel Avenue in Upper Darby. The statement goes on to say the death was the result of “assault by another” and that the baby was near term. The baby’s mother — identified only as a Drexel freshman has been questioned in the case.

KYW: What A Waste Of Two Lives
PREVIOUSLY: The Drexel University freshman who allegedly hid her dead baby in her car trunk last month had told the father that her pregnant belly was an “allergic reaction to a birth-control patch and that she planned to have the mass surgically removed,” Upper Darby police said yesterday.
PREVIOUSLY:Dead Baby Found At Bottom Of Laundry Bag In Trunk Of A Car Parked At Rich Man?s House
DAILY NEWS: ‘U. Darby police chief accuses D.A. of holding back report due to noted-family’s influence’
UPDATE: A 19-year-old Drexel Hill woman turned herself in to police this morning and was arraigned on first-degree charges in connection with the death of her newborn son, whose body was found in a car trunk in January. Charges against Mia Sardella, a Drexel University student, include first degree murder and abuse of a corpse. In a search of the Drexel Hill home where Sardella lived before attending college, police confiscated an article on the “denial of pregnancy” syndrome, which typically affects young girls who convince themselves they cannot be pregnant.

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